Julia Howard



" My experience at Wildflower over the past few years has been so transformative and unlocked a much healthier way of life for me. I am constantly met with empathy and thoughtfulness. My sessions have become a routine part of productively managing my depression and anxiety!

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I aim to help my clients tune into and grow their own self-awareness in pursuing a life that is meaningful to them. I see myself as another human who can walk alongside clients in therapy as a support who is constantly learning from my clients, as well. I value bringing compassion, humor, and my authentic self into the therapy room. My approach is rooted in relational, client-centered, and feminist views that see individuals as experts of their own lives who are existing in complex systems. I am a neurodivergent-affirming clinician, meaning I see the strengths and challenges that come with neurodivergence and do not view neurodivergence as a pathology or something wrong to be “fixed.”

I often utilize evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and also incorporate a relational psychodynamic style to identify and address current ways of relating to others and the world that often stem from our past. I am currently pursuing further training in perinatal and reproductive mental health and am delighted to work with individuals and couples navigating parenthood and its impact on their relationships.

My clinical areas of specialty include anxiety/OCD, high sensitivity, and relationship issues. I have specific interest in working with athletes/former athletes, career issues/burnout, and those who identify as highly sensitive and/or neurodivergent (e.g. ADHD, OCD, Autism). As a former Division 1 college athlete and neurodivergent woman myself, I feel passionate about working with clients who face challenges related to these areas.

I earned a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Psychology and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Prior to joining Wildflower, I was a therapist in Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) levels of care supporting individuals and families struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, and other concerns. I also have experience working in a community mental health setting where I supported youth and their families.

  • IL LCSW License Number: 150108859
  • Supervised by: Kate Ernstrom, LCSW, PMH-C, CST
  • Type 1 NPI Number: 1942916820
  • Accepts: BCBS PPO and BlueChoice plans, UnitedHealthcare/Optum PPO, Aetna PPO, self-pay and out of network clients

Selected Training & Affiliation

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • LGBTQ+ Affirming Services
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of Postpartum Support International

Key Beliefs

  • We always live in relation to others; healing within relationships can be extremely powerful.

More About Me

  • I have a Siamese cat, Bean, who loves to snuggle, watch squirrels, and gets zoomies after dinner.
  • I love being outside, doing yoga, and spending quality time with loved ones.