Welcome to our journal here at Empower and Elevate! We aim to provide additional insight, psychoeducation, and therapeutic tips as additional resources for clients in our community. Hopefully you will find something that sparks your interest!
My name is Julie Pate (she/her) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I received my undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in counseling. I completed my Masters of Counseling at Southern Methodist University.
I initially went to the University of North Texas to get a degree in photojournalism. I had to take a grammar, spelling, and punctuation test to major in journalism. The test was set up where you had to pass each section (grammar, punctuation, and spelling) of the test to make it in and only had three attempts to pass. I passed both grammar and punctuation, but on my third attempt, I failed spelling by three points. It was midway through my first semester of college and found out I couldn’t be a journalism major at my college. I felt completely lost and during Christmas break, I was in therapy. I own the fact that I’m a bad speller because it led me to my passion of being a therapist. Overall as a human, I enjoy rainy days, denying being a coffee snob, creating art, writing, and spending time with my people.
I have experience working at different levels of care including private practice, two different residential facilities for eating disorders, and juvenile detention. My passion is working with older adolescents, young adults, and adults through life transitions, anxiety, identity exploration, depression, substance use, and eating disorders. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to heal and be recovered. I honor the importance of a trusting therapeutic relationship with each and every client in order to produce healthy growth and change.
My goal is to create a safe place for clients in order to support their most authentic self. I believe therapy is collaborative and clients are capable of growth when provided the opportunity of an accepting space to share their story. As a therapist, I value supporting clients to identify strengths and new ways of coping to work towards their goals along with making new insights. I believe people have the tools they need to approach life, but sometimes need help identifying those tools. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help client’s process core beliefs about themselves and challenge deeper emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. I support clients by identifying a variety of coping skills and utilizing Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills.
Julie is currently seeing clients at the E&E Cypress location and virtually for telehealth or coaching services. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation or working together, you can reach me at email@example.com