Julia offers 50-minute video counselling sessions where she will work with you to identify the connections between your level of pain and your thoughts, feelings, and actions; while teaching you mindfulness skills to calm your nervous system, accept where you are, live more fully in the present moment, and shift your focus away from pain to that which gives your life meaning and value.
Clinical counselling for pain will assist you to build a stress, anxiety, and depression management skill set, to learn techniques to change your core beliefs, interpretations, and reactions to your pain, to explore and resolve past traumas that may be connected to your pain, to create a regular mindfulness practice, and to improve your relationships. Building a strong toolkit to manage the mental health consequences of pain will dramatically improve your day to day experience of it, renewing your sense of hope for recovery.
Julia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with 10 years’ experience assisting people to overcome mental health difficulties in their lives. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, community health centres in East Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor, and Nelson Mental Health and Substance Use where she helped establish the first residential support recovery program in the Kootenays. Julia holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is a registered member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She has extensive experience and post-graduate training in addiction, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain management.
Julia practices from a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy perspective, which views the person holistically and acknowledges the deep emotional and psychological impact living in pain can have on mood, self-worth, relationships, and overall quality of life. Because the mind and body are interconnected, improving the health of your thoughts and emotions will have a direct positive effect on how you experience and perceive your pain, lessening your suffering and helping you move towards life and vitality.
Julia’s own low back pain and recent spinal surgery has deepened her commitment to assisting others in their pain journeys and she has seen firsthand that a collaborative model is often missing in pain management. Research shows that an interdisciplinary approach is the gold standard, and Julia feels excited to be part of the integrative team Rise Above Pain Online offers. Pain is isolating, your pain management program need not be!
More About Julia Gerlitz
Julia grew up in Nelson, BC, then moved to Vancouver to pursue a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at UBC. She then moved to Squamish to be closer to the trails, climbing crags, and mountains.
She now divides her time living between Nelson, BC, and Arizona. She can be found climbing, trail running, and skiing in the mountains of BC, or hiking, camping, and exploring the deserts of the southwest with her husband and daughter.