Julie Brannen’s lifelong journey with movement has gifted her experiences within creative, performative, and therapeutic practices. She facilitates an embodied, wholehearted, 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 wholeheartedly 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.”