Julie "Jules" Hassen, MSW Graduate Student
Thank you for taking the brave first step into exploring and understanding yourself. Engaging in the therapeutic process is such an important way for us to dig deeper into our past and present in order to create the future that we want to see. Sometimes it feels like the world is overwhelming and we have to carry around so much. I hope to help people to lighten their load by examining what it is that we are carrying, and how we can unpack it.
Additionally, the world can be a healing place. Sometimes a walk outside, taking our shoes off and wiggling our toes in the grass, or even gazing out the window and watching the breeze flow through the trees can be healing. I like to help people use the environment around them as a calming agent, and build a toolkit of mindfulness that they can take with them and use wherever they are.
I am pursuing my masters at both the School of Social Work and the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. I gained my Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied Marine Science. I aim to combine environmental sciences with social work because I believe the environment can help us heal, and we can also help to heal the environment. Sometimes global issues can impact our own lives and contribute to things like anxiety and depression, and even cause trauma and physical illness.
I work with children, adults, and couples and use a range of approaches tailored to each person. Meeting in the office and talking, having a session outside, or using art, music or movement are different ways to discover what helps us the most. I want to support people in building trust in themselves and to fortify their own resilience to stressors and past traumas in order to have healthy relationships with themselves, others, and the planet we live on.
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