I’m Julie Baxter, MS, LPC Registered Intern, a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and an LPC Registered Intern with the State of Oregon. I work with clients who have experienced trauma, struggle with depression, anxiety, complex PTSD, relationship issues, or are experiencing grief or life transitions (middle school, high school, college, career, parenting).  My approach is one that acknowledges the mind/body connection in mental health and is strength-based and Solution-focused in nature.  I also use other therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Play Therapy as necessary to fit each client’s particular needs. Together we identify goals, develop tools, learn self-support techniques, and begin to understand body responses to stress. Our work together will help you change thought and behavior patterns, enhance coping skills, promote healthy decision making, and improve relationships.

Education & Background

Some things to know about me…

I’ve been working in the mental health field since 1999 and have training from the psychology, sociology, and counseling perspectives. I’ve been a  biofeedback technician and have taught clients how to understand and work with the body’s response to stress and use guided meditation, visualization, nature, mindfulness, exercise, and nutrition as tools. I earned a BS in Psychology from WSU focused on the neuroscience of psychology and completed PSU’s post-baccalaureate Speech Language Pathology program giving me a greater understanding of sensory and processing issues, before earning an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University with a focus on the physiological impact of nature/outdoor environments and exercise on mental health wellness. Before entering private practice I worked as an Intern Child and Family Therapist for Polk County Youth and Family Behavioral Health, with high acuity children, adolescents, and teens/young adults experiencing complex PTSD/trauma, high risk suicidal ideation, living with generational drug and alcohol use, and poverty/homelessness. I enjoy being part of multi-disciplinary teams (doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, CASA, etc.) focused on creating healthy family and social systems, and supporting resilience through supported programs (Wraparound, New Solutions).

I’m a member of the American Counseling Association, ORCA (Oregon Counseling Association), Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology), and Chi Sigma Iota (National Honor Society in Counseling). As a Registered Intern working toward full licensure in Oregon, I work under the clinical supervision of Molly B. Doll, MS, LPC, NCC.

In my personal life I’m a Mom with a large blended family, a professional kayaker and the owner of Kayak Portland, LLC, an inclusive public paddling community in the Portland metro area. Occasionally, I have the delight of being recognized from Motivated Zen, a wellness company I ran from 2010-2017 that connected people in Oregon to nature through Zen kayaking adventures, retreats, and classes, or through my 35+ years as a professional musician. I am also a complex trauma survivor, which gives me great understanding and compassion for those on the healing journey.