Too many teens, parents and professionals are suffering in silence.

Teens don’t feel comfortable asking for help for fear of being judged or labeled. Parents and professionals don’t know how to offer help… or even know a teen needs help.
Julie Smith

I’m Julie…

I speak teen

I help parents and other caring adults learn to translate adolescent behavior to understand what kids really need to thrive.
As a licensed psychotherapist, speaker and author, I have witnessed the pain children and adolescents experience and the helplessness that parents feel when they don’t know what to do. I see the strain in the families when they feel misunderstood and the fear that no one will understand. It’s a painful cycle that can have lifelong consequences. Children and adolescents have become masters of hiding what is really going on so they aren’t written off as the “bad kid,” and parents only talk about their suspicions in hushed voices for fear of being labeled the “bad parent.”

Together, we can smash through the stigma and stereotypes around the issues affecting our kids to help them thrive each day.

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The Professional Bio

Julie Smith, licensed psychotherapist, award winning author and speaker, is an expert in the study of human behavior, specifically adolescent behavior. Adults have called her “the voice of reason and truth” and kids say “she just gets it.” She has been featured in the Family Circle, First for Women and other web, television and print outlets.

A TEDx speaker and columnist, Julie engages with audiences around the world. Her pioneering workshops and courses dispel the myths of adolescent misbehavior and the stigma of mental health to help parents and professional create deep understanding and strong relationships and partnerships at home, school and work.

Julie, a lifelong learner, holds multiple certifications in fields such as adolescent therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, addictions counseling, gerontology, systemic art and play therapy. Julie is also a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist and the Gerontological Society of America. In addition to programs and speaking, Julie maintains a private practice outside Denver, Colorado.

Fun Facts

Julie is an avid hula ho0per, boxer and roller skater.

She has lived in 58 (yes, 58) homes, 23 cities and 7 states, never lived anywhere for more than 4 years.
She has gone skydiving six times and currently contemplating her next jump.
She worked with No Doubt, Cadillac Tramps, Ice Cube and many others.
Her favorite thinking time is on the trail at 5a in that space between night and day.
She splits her time between Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.

Fun Facts

  • Julie is a an avid hula hopper, boxer and roller skater.
  • She has lived in 58 (yes, 58) homes, 23 cities and 7 states, never lived anywhere for more than 4 years.
  • She has gone skydiving six times and currently contemplating her next jump.
  • She worked with No Doubt, Cadillac Tramps, Ice Cube and many others.
    Her favorite thinking time is on the trail at 5a in that space between night and day.
  • She splits her time between Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.

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Julie Smith