Julie Blackburn, LCPC, LCMH, NCC, ATR, LPC, MA

Chartreuse Center

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Julie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist . She has a dual Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Adler University. Since 2009, Julie has provided counseling and art therapy for folks struggling with family building, bereavement, and life changes that accompany those existential aspects of life. Currently Julie works primarily with adults and couples. She also has experience working with children and teens.  Julie expands her reach by meeting with folks through telehealth counseling sessions for residents of Illinois and Indiana and offers key session topics through self-guided online programs Embrace You! Survive Fertility, Reclaim Life and First 52, Your Friend in Grief.

She holds professional membership with the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), American Art Therapy Association (AATA), Indiana Art Therapy Association, RESOLVE, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Julie has presented at a number of associations regarding her experience with grief, loss and art therapy including the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Association (ILHPCO) and Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC). Julie has also participated as a local panel presenter in Joliet and in Barrington for the Living with Grief series for the Hospice Foundation of America for topics regarding cancer and adolescents. She provides workshop presentations for the Bereaved Parents of the USA's Annual Gathering and infertility discussion groups for parents and survivors for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. She has shared her experience with various schools and organizations by providing in-service presentations to educate staff and professionals concerning bereavement support and art therapy for specific types of loss.

Julie is passionate about guiding people and families with unexpected changes, losses or events that happen in life. Julie has personal experience with infertility and is currently an adoptive parent with her husband. In her down time she enjoys acrylic and oil painting, drawing and being outdoors.