Julie is a survivor of years of childhood sexual abuse and other one-off sexual assault experiences by family member and family friends. With sexual assault being common in her family and culture, seeking help was not an option, and she did not know it was wrong until a family friend started molesting her at 9 years old, which continued until she was 17. Most of the sexual abuse that she experienced was from trusted adults in her life including the last incident at 28 years old by someone who was a friend and mentor. For Julie, healing has been a journey of learning to befriend her body and release the traumatic energy that has been unconsciously stored. Now, as a somatic trauma therapist, Julie helps others heal themselves.
“My healing journey was about befriending my body. Learning how to feel safe in my body. Find my strength and therefore to also feel safe in the world once again.”
“I am empowered to help others find that sense of safety in their bodies and in the world as well.”