Julie Gray, PsyD, LCSW, Founder & Lead Clinician
Are fears and anxieties limiting your options in life?
Do you struggle with making decisions?
Are you having trouble managing relationships with your family, friends and co-workers?
Are you questioning your self worth?
Do past traumas still haunt you?
I am here to help you. I have over 15 years of experience helping people who struggle with the complexities of life. I specialize in the treatment of depression, trauma and anxiety.
I bring to our work a special expertise, blending spirituality with psychotherapy. What does this mean to you? Difficulties in life and self-defeating habits and behaviors are embraced as opportunities for change, growth and renewal.
We will work together to help you untangle the ways you feel blocked, so that you will be free to make the best choices for your life and to chose the path that is the best and brightest for you.
You can stop the cycle of depression, helplessness, anxiety and fear from running your life and quit allowing the haunts of past traumas from controlling your present and hindering your future growth. The results:
- Increased confidence
- Effectively managing your emotions
- Feeling more relaxed and focused
- More satisfying relationships
- Freedom from intrusive thoughts
- The capacity to be happy and enjoy your life
I provide treatment in individual, family and group settings.
Education and Training:
- Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Doctor of Psychology with concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy
- The University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work – Masters in Social Work
- Loyola University Chicago – School Social Work Certification
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Level II trained
I am trained in the following Evidence Based Practices:
- Seeking Safety (For the treatment of trauma and substance abuse)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Lea Vincent, LPC-Associate
Lea Vincent has been talking to, and helping people, for most of her life. Being a fun-loving people person, she often found herself being the listening ear for others and decided to turn that into a career! She went on to the University of Missouri- Columbia where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She worked in the social services field for 9 years before pursuing her Masters degree in Counseling. She graduated in May 2019 and has been counseling ever since. Lea is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate (LPC-A), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a member of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society. She has experience in several psychotherapy modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT). She specializes in working with clients struggling with Anxiety and Depressive disorders, Personality disorders, and trauma. Lea is a consultant, workshop leader, and guest speaker within the mental health community, highlighting issues of mental health stigma in faith-based and underserved communities.
Lea is a proud wife of 11 years, and mother of three beautiful children and one fur baby! Her marriage and motherhood experiences come with powerful testimonies of overcoming great obstacles and coming out victorious. As a Black woman, Lea has lived experience of the effects of systemic racism and oppression that have shaped her ability to recognize its impact. She uses that knowledge to educate and assist others by teaching on the subject in Multicultural classes, continuing education courses, and personal interviews. Over the years, Lea has learned, and continues to learn, how to balance ministry, motherhood, being a wife, and pursuing educational and career goals. She is absolutely overjoyed to be able to use her God given gifts to help hurting people!
Lea feels that being a therapist is not only a profession, but a ministry and personal calling. She takes pride in aiding in the healing process and creating safe spaces for emotional expression and speaking your truth. Lea has a conviction to break the stigma around mental health within the faith-based community with the motto, “See your therapist, take your meds, and PRAY!”
Supervised by Natalie Shepherd, M.S., LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S