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Therapist Spotlight: Julie Brannen, LPC, R-DMT

Julie Brannen - dance therapist


About Julie:

Why did you become a therapist?

When I first started, I had the bright eyed and bushy tailed drive to “help people,” meaning everyone. I was fascinated with psychology and learning how people tick. Now, with some years of practice under my belt, I see that the deep desire to serve others is still present. However, some of the grandiose ideas that I would change everyone have balanced out. My goals have become more realistic, being grounded in the role as a loving guide and human presence through someone’s pain.

How would you describe your style as a therapist?

Strengths-based, fierce compassion, and not afraid to poke, trigger, embrace (in that order) the shadow.

Do you focus on the immediate problem or the deeper issues?

These are interrelated to me. I see the immediate problem as a result of energy stuck in the body on a deeper level. The presenting situation is just an accumulation of held patterns and issues that need to be brought to awareness. This revealing takes time and courage.

Do you lead sessions or follow my lead?

Each case is different. Some clients need a more direct approach, so I lead the majority of the time. Some clients just need broader space held for them. Most of the time, it is a lively interplay between leading and being lead.

What are your strengths as a therapist?

Unconditional positive regard, honesty / transparency, fierce and loving compassion, body-focused interventions, and practical strategies for implementation of lifestyle changes.

How do you manage stress?

Daily meditation, boundaries for self-care, investments in my own growth and evolution, and sacred practices with trusted people.


About the Therapy Process:

What do you find most important about the therapy process?

The relationship between therapist and client. Sometimes, this relationship can be intense, intimate, and challenging in all regards. It is naturally going to bring up all aspects of people’s lives and how they see themselves. If they have never received unconditional love before, this is where the healing takes place.

Why is the creative process important?

The creative process brings out the best in people. It allows a space of childlike wonder, curiosity, openness, acceptance, and play. This brings people into the present moment and into a purity of heart.

Why Dance/Movement Therapy?

Because the body is the holder of all of our experiences. Dance is the expression of the soul. And movement allows us to become aware of our daily needs and deepest desires.

How would I know if I could benefit from therapy?

If you are resistant to change, if you notice repetitive patterns that do not serve you, if you love in-depth conversations, or if you would like to work on intimate relationships of any kind, then you may benefit from therapy.

What will I feel/experience/gain from my sessions with you?

You most likely will feel a sense of being guided toward gentleness, dropping judgments, and direct honesty with yourself. I am a mirror to your experience and am not afraid to offer feedback in ways that serve you for your highest good. You will gain practices for self-love and compassion. You will grow.

My partner/family member isn’t interested in therapy but I think they need it. What should I do?

You honestly cannot force anyone to change; they have to want it. You can lovingly encourage it and then be present with what comes up in you around not being able to control another’s actions. Then move forward from there.

Want to ask Julie another question? Send her a message here, or email

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