Julie Bjelland, LMFT

As a licensed psychotherapist, I had wonderful clinical experiences at non-profit counseling agencies before settling into my private practice and my work as an online instructor and author.  I have so enjoyed my work with clients, and  I consider this a calling. I received my graduate degree in psychology at the humanistic, client-centered Saybrook University in San Francisco.

I am a published author of several books. My most recent book, Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions, has received beautiful reviews from world-renowned psychologists Rick Hanson, PhD and Ted Zeff, PhD. As a former Guide Dogs for the Blind trainer, I also published the successful book Imagine Life With A Well-Behaved Dog that explores using a positive and sensitive approach to understanding dog psychology.  

Additionally, I enjoy my work developing brain-training courses that I facilitate online, serving as a consultant to other therapists, teaching workshops, and coaching HSPs globally. I love neuroscience and understanding the brain and how we can successfully train it to help us live our best life.  

I specialize in working with anxiety and the highly sensitive person (HSPs) and had special training with Elaine Aron's program, a psychologist who identified the trait of HSPs that make up about 15 to 20 percent of our population and up to 50 percent of our clients in therapy. It is incredible to witness how much better one can feel when given the right tools. 

I have also received specialized couples training in the Gottman Method, based on the well-known research of John and Julie Gottman, who studied couples for 40 years. This method offers one of the most successful communication tools ever developed.  

Additional treatment specialties include working with self-esteem, and the LGBTQQ population. I work with a wide variety of other issues as well. Please feel free to contact me to inquire further.  

I love this work and use my deeply intuitive and empathetic abilities to truly connect with clients and to support them in getting to know and celebrate their authentic selves. It’s beautiful to me how therapy can be a part of the change that helps people live remarkably better lives.