Licensed Professional Counselor


Julia Bourcier, M.S.

My name is Julia Bourcier and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Science in Counseling and a Certified Life Coach. I began my professional journey as a young adult working in various settings with people struggling to make better choices. As I worked with individuals from widely diverse backgrounds and walks of life, I began to appreciate the power of one hand reaching out. I became profoundly aware that most people are able to build a more fulfilling life, not because of good advice, but because another person was willing to walk with them, assist them in navigating unfamiliar territory, and be part of the process of discovering their potential.

While working with individuals to enhance their physical well-being I realized addressing the physical needs of an individual was inextricable from facilitating the internal growth of that person. As a counselor I believe our best success in life comes not from our list of commendable achievements, but rather from our growth as a whole person, a combination of mental and physical wellness. 


These experiences have deeply affected my work as a counselor so that I view any obstacle a person is facing as an opportunity to develop a rich story of navigating new paths. While all of us face painful and difficult experiences, I believe these provide an opportunity to connect, seek new ways of viewing ourselves, and discover unconditional acceptance of self and others. 


It is my goal to create an environment of unconditional acceptance where any person can grow without judgment. I work with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals as a part of their process to become their most authentic, resilient self. I am dedicated to being present while people address painful experiences and move toward healing through discovery of the internal strength each person possesses.

How I Can Help

Client Focus

  • Children (5 to 10)

  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

  • Adults


  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Eclectic

  • Family Systems

  • Person-Centered

  • Positive Psychology

  • Play and Art Therapy

Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders

  • Thinking Disorders


  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Management

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Career Counseling

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Obesity

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Oppositional Defiance

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Teen Violence

  • Trauma and PTSD

Boy Drawing
Psychology Patient
Group Therapy

Julia Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

What is your preferred style of counseling / coaching?

The primary research-based counseling theory I work from is Reality Therapy where I as the counselor am kind and nonjudgmental. This theory focuses on what is going on in the present, treats the client as the expert in their own life, and focuses on the client finding healthy ways to build positive relationships. As I use this method to work with clients we focus on a collaborative discussion to discover the clients potential to live a full, purpose-filled life.
As a Life Coach I work from a directive approach to help clients work toward achieving specific life goals. A directive approach includes feedback to the client to help them adjust perspectives to those more supportive of of their stated goals.

How should I prepare for my first session?

You can prepare for your first session by putting down key issues on pre-session paperwork. Other than that arrive for your first session prepared to tell your story and what has brought you to counseling at this point in life!

What should I expect in my first session with Julia Bourcier?

We will briefly go over what you can expect from counseling and me as your counselor, then I will turn it over to you to hear your story. Before you leave I will provide strategies particular to your situation so you will be able to continue your work between sessions.

My child (under 18 yrs) will be seeing Julia Bourcier for therapy / coaching, as the parent, what is expected of me, what can I expect from you, and how can I be updated on treatment and progress?

For clients under the age of 18, it is important they build trust with their counselor. In order to build trust, not all information the client presents to the counselor will be relayed to the parent; however, the parent is a key support in the child's therapy. Whether the sessions are in-person or digital I will meet with parent(s) preferably together with the child unless you as the parent have sensitive information to relay in which case we can meet for a few minutes without your child present. I prefer to meet with parents after sessions to provide strategies you as a parent can use to support your child. For younger children, 12 years of age or younger we will try to meet weekly. For children between 12 and 18 years of age, I recommend bi-weekly consults with the parent as part of the sessions. If for some reason you as a parent cannot be available for sessions, you may request updates via email. If an event arises you feel needs to be covered in your child's session, you may always request a moment to notify me prior to your child's session.

I'm a new client, how often do you recommend we meet?

I recommend weekly sessions to start, moving to bi-weekly as we monitor progress, and finally ending with a few sessions once a month for maintenance purposes. This step by step transition is more helpful as it allows clients to transition away from the counselor's support and feel empowered in their own lives.