Julia Baum, MSEd, BFA, LMHC
My path to psychotherapy developed organically from an unexpected place. Before I got here, my career was in the arts. I focused mostly on portraiture and planned on having a long career as a photographer. Eventually, though, I realized that my camera was actually getting in the way of my favorite part of the job—connecting with my subjects. What I loved most was getting to know each person and guiding them through a genuine expression of themselves.
After almost ten years in the art world, I concluded that I didn't need a camera or a gallery to fulfill my true passion, and so I began my education and training in mental health counseling. Since then I've worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health, and day treatment programs for seriously mentally ill adults.
You'll find that my artistic nature shines through in my role as a therapist. I support authenticity and encourage unconditional self-acceptance. If you're a creative being, we'll likely make a strong team.
Most of my post-grad training has been in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE-CBT), as well as Mindfulness-based CBT, Existential, and Humanistic approaches. I regularly take part in professional development and am always learning new skills to share with my clients.
I’m an Associate Fellow of The Albert Ellis Institute, having completed the highest level of external training in RE-CBT. I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and accredited member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, and Zencare. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts.