Our Mind, Body and Spirit Treatment Approach
"In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and spiritual growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now."
T he mind and body are interwoven. We can not understand one without the other, and you need each to find the answers, peace, and acceptance for which you've been searching. Our life experiences are ingrained in our brain's pathways and can impact our future through thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Our thoughts then effect how we feel and vice versa.
E very emotion has a physiological response that you experience in your breath, heart rate, muscle tension, thoughts, ability to focus, and more. To fully embody – tangibly experience and exemplify – the happiness and life balance that you desire, then maybe it is time to take a closer look within yourself. Get in touch with you – mind, body, and spirit – to find the solution.
Y ou know you best and we believe that you intrinsically have all you need to be successful and heal. So, working together from a holistic, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused framework we will identify and utilize your strengths as a primary resource for growth and healing while also recognizing patterns in your thoughts and behaviors that may be getting in your way. By using mind-body-spirit techniques such as mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing, gentle organic movement, or creative arts expression, we can boost your self-awareness and ability to feel in control of your life.
Chicago Therapists and Counselors
at InTouch & Motion
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. I established this practice to create an environment that facilitates a sense of freedom, innovation, and acceptance for your uniqueness and process of healing.
I have provided therapy, advocacy, and supportive services for children ages 3 and older, adults of all ages, and couples for over 7 years and have worked with clients from many backgrounds, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual beliefs. I have a holistic and solution-oriented approach to therapy that incorporates all parts of the self - cognitive, behavioral, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual. However, before becoming a therapist, I developed a strong interest in using dance and movement as a tool to help others learn, grow, and heal. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Dance with a minor in Psychology, and have taught dance to under served youth.
In addition to teaching, I have continued my professional training and experience in a many dance forms such as modern, jazz, ballet, latin and ballroom, to develop body-based self awareness as well as observational and creative techniques that assist me in offering well-rounded support to others. I completed a dual Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and began my clinical professional career working at non-profit agencies with trauma survivors, foster care, and military veterans before transitioning into private practice in 2014.
I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors, and have completed the 40-hour sexual assault training through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, among other trainings on trauma-informed care. I have also completed the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program training in order to better serve children and families. I am a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and have presented my work to local and national audiences. I received the 2012 Alumni of The Year Award from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies, for my work and contributions to the DMT field.
Find out more about me, DMT, and my approach to therapy here.
LPC, BC-DMT, MPA
I am a certified Movement Pattern Analysis consultant (MPA). I completed a certificate as a Movement Pattern Analysis consultant (2015) and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling at Columbia College Chicago (2014) after completing a B.S. in Psychology and Dance at Loyola University Chicago (2012).
I combine my experience as therapist and consultant to provide holistic education and experiential understanding of how people make decisions and interact with the world. I have experience consulting with individuals, partners, and teams and to build strategies for improved efficiency and productivity, skills for conflict resolution, awareness of strengths and weaknesses in interactions, and self-esteem.
My philosophy incorporates a body-mind-spirit perspective to facilitate positive change and is informed by the belief that people, when provided a suitable space, will seek harmony in the body-mind and search for growth. I help people understand themselves and others more fully through both mental and physical exploration.
Instead of focusing on how you respond to external factors in a positive or negative way, Movement Pattern Analysis and Movement Coaching allows you to explore how your inner drive influences your thinking, choices, and implementation of decisions. By approaching a session with unconditional positive regard and from a place of non-judgment and acceptance, we can uncover ways to enhance your true being and allow you to be more fully you, without self-doubt or misunderstanding.
I am a Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor who incorporates a mind-body-spirit approach with healing meditations and Past-Life Regression work. I believe that there are many pathways and levels to healing, and I enjoy adapting my approach to the needs of each individual. I can assist you in tapping into your creativity and intuition as a means to discover the wisdom held within yourself. As a witness to your journey, I reflect back continually in order to facilitate clarity, insight and greater awareness. I have an eclectic approach, drawing from Jungian, Holistic, Humanistic and Developmental frameworks. I am drawn to detecting core beliefs, life-scripts, metaphors and images in order to identify patterns that both serve and block you in being your greatest Self. We work creatively together to remove the blocks that prevent you from moving forward.
I obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from Saint Mary’s College, IN in 1999 and was involved in Liturgical Dancing. I received a MA from Columbia College in 2004 in Dance/movement Therapy, and have continued to take dance classes, occasionally performing and doing choreography. Establishing a specialty in combining the body and dance with therapy was the perfect way for me to weave my passions together. I have worked in many settings including psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities for troubled youth, half-way houses for disabled adults, and recovery centers for those struggling with addiction. I have also applied my creative skills with pregnant women, children, local parishioners, and the elderly.
Recently, I have become more interested in the role of spirituality in one’s growth. I am adept at guiding clients through visualizations, healing meditations, and regression experiences for further understanding and insight. Having trained with the renowned Dr. Brian Weiss as well as the local and very experienced Susan Wisehart, I have honed in on my skills to help you tap into the memory banks of your soul, and to connect to your Higher Self and the Divine for healing and profound transformation. This is a tool that I am happy to use with you, if interested, as part of your process of growth and healing.
To learn more about Past Life Regression Therapy, click here or schedule a consultation.
Find out more about Dance/Movement Therapy here.
LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA
Julie Brannen’s lifelong journey with movement has gifted her experiences within creative, performative, and therapeutic practices. She facilitates an embodied, whole-hearted, and compassionate practice of fiercely approaching vulnerability in order to release emotional blocks, re-pattern limiting beliefs, access inherent creativity, and empower an internal source of healing, transformation, and abundance.
Her field experience includes extensive work with women and girls recovering from eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and traumatic experiences. As a healing artist and clinician, she practices as a dance/movement therapist within the community and private practice realms. As a teaching artist, she works with various community outreach and arts-integration organizations.
As an artist, she collaborates and performs locally and beyond. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. She believes whole-heartedly in the power of movement to transform and heal. This quote serves as inspiration for facilitating the healing process for others:
“Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. What we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.”
Psychotherapist, Dance/Movement Therapist
As a psychotherapist and dance/movement therapist, I specialize in working with people during periods of great adjustment and life transitions, including trauma survivors, refugees, immigrants, artists, college students, and the LGBTQ community. I have presented my work with these populations at the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the American Dance Therapy Association, and at the Alliance for Women Scholars and Scientists. I have also taught Expressive Arts Therapy at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.
While on my path to becoming a therapist, I lived in Bosnia-Herzegovina where I implemented dance reconciliation projects, and in Kolkata, India where I worked with survivors of human trafficking. I am an alumna of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College, Chicago and have a M.A. in Cultural Project Management from the Institute of Political Studies (France). I have additional training in sensorimotor psychotherapy and yoga-informed psychotherapy.
I draw primarily from the relational-cultural model as well as existential theories to help people re-establish a sense of safety in the body and reconnection with the community.
Helping clients find personal meaning and sense of purpose is at the core of my practice. Ultimately, I believe that acknowledging the strengths and deepening the connections that already exist will guide clients to the path of restoration.
You can learn more about my work here
I speak French, Italian, and advanced Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian