Starfish Services, LLC
Counseling and Life Coaching for Teenagers
(and the people who love them!)


...making a difference, one life at a time

What keeps you awake at night?

Do you find yourself worrying about your teenager's well-being?

Do you wonder if he or she is healthy, happy, and equipped for a successful future?

Do you wonder what's behind your daughter's attitude?

Do you worry when your son seems to shut down?

Do you find yourself in frequent conflict with your teen?


I'm here to help you and your teen to navigate through the sometimes wild, sometimes trying, and always-an-adventure teenage years!


Hello!  If you're here, you must be looking for some help navigating a curveball life has thrown your way.  I am a down-to-earth, approachable therapist who is willing to help. I've had my share of curveballs in life too, and I know the value of having someone come alongside you, hear you out, and believe in you until you're able to believe in yourself again.

My passion is working with teenagers.  I have a special place in my heart for hard-to-reach, treatment resistant teens, because they're usually the ones who need to be reached the most.  It's my goal to shatter any preconceived notions teens have about what therapy is like.

I have over 20 years experience working as a social worker in the public school setting as well as in community mental health. My approach is solution-focused, client-centered and driven by a genuine interest in helping young people create the lives they want.
More important than my professional experience though, is this:  I don't give up easily.  I will hang in there with you and your teen until we find a solution or make one.  You have my word on that.
About Julie
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Minnesota Board of Social Work
  • Master's in Social Work
    University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine
    St. Paul, MN
  • Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist
  • Life Coaching Certificate - Adler Graduate School
  • Improv Training - Stevie Ray's School of Improv
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Check out this cool therapy approach!

Have you heard about Accelerated Resolution Therapy? If you haven't, you should! As the name would imply, it's a wicked fast way to resolve issues of all kinds! Big traumas, little traumas, bad memories, stuck symptoms, bad habits, and more! I am a Certified Master Level ART therapist and I would love to tell you more about it!

From the Acclerated Resolution Therapy website:
ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ARTworks directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by current scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida.

Why Starfish Services?
The Legend of the Starfish


Everyday, an old man walked the beach with a pail, picking up starfish that had been washed in by the tide, and throwing them back into the sea.

One day, a young boy stopped the old man and asked, "Why do you throw the starfish back?  There must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish.  It won't make a difference."

The old man picked up a starfish out of his pail and threw it as far as he could into the sea and replied, "It made a difference to that one."

From The Star Thrower
By Loren Eisley
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