154 MacLaren is a boutique community space offering services in the cultivation of care. To grow and develop the skill of looking after and providing for the needs of oneself and community.
I believe in doing therapy from a collaborative and social justice-informed standpoint. Most frequently, I work with clients on issues relating to self-esteem, depression, trauma, and stress. I specialize in working with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and in exploring issues through the lens of attachment and mindfulness.
Julia Maiorino has a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. Much of her experience comes from working in mental health at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
It is her goal to provide her clients with a warm, nonjudgmental and honest environment where they can feel most comfortable exploring their thoughts, emotions and troubles. She has a passion for working individually with adolescents and adults as they develop the courage to explore their vulnerabilities on their journey towards wellness and fulfilment. Her experience has allowed her to develop skills in working with depression, anxiety, grief, issues related to sexuality, emotional regulation, social fears and phobias, self-esteem and suicidal ideation.
She also has much experience working in spiritual and cultural care with the indigenous community and with the LGBTQ community. Julia does not underestimate the power of trust in the therapeutic relationship and utilizes Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in her practice.
As your therapist I offer a warm, compassionate and open presence. I seek to provide a safe space for you to look at your life with more curiosity and less fear, while empowering you to listen for your deepest needs and desires.
I work from an Integrative and Trauma Informed Approach, meaning that I pull on different approaches, when needed, to best serve my clients' specific needs. I also work from a Social-Justice and Intersectional perspective in my work as well, honouring the various contexts and identities that clients live from and embody. The modalities I typically work from include: Psychodynamic, Somatic and IFS informed, Existential therapy, Mindfulness & Self-Compassion.
Areas of experience and interest include (but are not limited to): Grief, Trauma, Sexuality issues, Anxiety & Depression, LGBTQIA+, Embodiment work, Spirituality and Existential issues.