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 Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is an active/directive form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), as well as Mindfulness-based CBT, Gestalt, Existential, and Humanistic approaches. I regularly take part in professional development and am always learning new skills to share with my clients.
I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, accredited member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, My Wellbeing, 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.