Julia Suklevski, LMSW
Creating the Foundation for Thriving
Beginning therapy demonstrates that you are committed to working diligently on yourself to achieve wellness, satisfaction, and create a life where you are not just surviving, but thriving and living in a way that is meaningful. As your therapist, I am invested in your success in building self-awareness, increasing holistic wellness, and exploring ways that you can create inner change that radiates outwards into your world. Together, we will collaborate on developing new coping skills to use during periods of emotional distress; modify behaviors and thoughts that are keeping you stuck or are no longer serving a purpose for you; strengthen the relationships you have with others; and uncover your potential to build mastery and overcome personal challenges.
Dr. Marsha Linehan, who developed Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help individuals create a life worth living, remains a great source of inspiration for me, and her brilliance and dedication to the field of clinical research and therapy in part brought me to the field of social work and the profession as a psychotherapist.
I am an alumna of the DBT Training Program and Lab, where I received extensive guidance and direct supervision from Dr. Andrè Ivanoff, chair of the Linehan Institute and President of Behavioral Tech, LLC. In this endeavor, I completed the Intensive Foundational Training for mental health professionals through Behavioral Tech, and received additional training in functional behavioral analysis, evaluation of self-harm ideations and utilizing suicide risk protocols, crisis intervention, and prolonged exposure therapy. As a DBT fellow, I interned in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing DBT Individual Therapy; Skills Training across modules of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness in both individual therapy and group therapy formats; and after-hours phone coaching to clients.
I also have received training in CBT for depression from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a continuum of my training in evidence based practices of behavioral therapies.
My experiences as a Crisis Counselor for survivors of gender-based, intimate partner, and sexual violence in both hospital and community based organizations have contributed to my trauma-informed approach in working with clients. Using my years of advocacy, education, and outreach to the greater public about survivors of domestic and sexual violence, I foster a safe therapeutic environment, and am committed to empower survivors and begin the journey of healing from trauma.
How I Help
We will discuss what your therapeutic goals are, what has worked in the past experiences in therapy, and what you might not have tried yet but are ready and willing to discover.
My clinical specialties stem from the tree of evidence-based practices which include DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). These modalities are used to understand the connection between behaviors, feelings, and beliefs, and to develop an intrinsic motivation to change your actions, emotions, and thoughts to participate in your life most effectively. I also draw from experiential learning and training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, prolonged exposure therapy, Eastern practices of mindfulness, and mind-body and movement-based practices. I affirm that my solid clinical training has prepared me to be a strong clinician to help you overcome any difficulties that might arise in therapy and beyond. I want you to feel empowered to be the agent of change in your life.
My clinical repertoire includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations of all expressed identities, cultural backgrounds, and lived experiences in both individual therapy and group therapy. I support individuals who come to therapy to address anxiety, depression and mood disorders, grief and bereavement, substance use and addictions, and trauma sustained from violence and adverse life experiences. I also work with clients who present issues relating to self-esteem; have difficulties in family, school, and work environments; and are experiencing stress related to interpersonal relationships and life transitions.
We will work creatively, critically, and dynamically as you pursue therapy to bring contentment, improvement, and satisfaction to your life. Our therapeutic alliance will be enhanced through maintaining open communication, providing constructive feedback, and providing validation of your experiences in and outside of therapy.
More About Me
I graduated with my Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, where I concentrated in Advanced Clinical Practice.
I am a registered vinyasa yoga instructor, and have been practicing for over a decade. I am mesmerized by the transformative impact of yoga asana, and incorporate yoga philosophy in how I go about my life off the mat and into the world: mindfully, with full awareness and authenticity, with gratitude, and willing to challenge myself to develop strength and confidence.
My combined passion for sharing the transformative practice of yoga with advocacy for survivors of trauma that led me pursue additional training in trauma-informed yoga influenced by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s research. I am humbled to provide yoga instruction through a non-profit organization committed to providing free yoga to survivors in NYC.
And on a fun note, but semi-serious note, as a #millennial, I have adopted the YOLO (“you only live once”) mindset: if an opportunity lands before you, it is a sign from the Universe that is meant for you to pursue it.