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My Story

After graduating from Hamline University in 1992, I spent 10 years working for a non-profit organization serving individuals with cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities. In 2002, I moved to the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast where I experienced seafood, hurricanes (yes, even the big one!), Mardi Gras, and friendships that continue to feel like “familyships.” It was also during this time that I learned how to throw pottery, clean a crab, and embrace the alligators living in my backyard.

In 2012 I returned to my Minnesota roots. I missed the Minnesota way of living, family, and the change of seasons. I continue to feel like an excited little girl every time the first leaf falls in autumn and the first snowflake flies in winter.

This was also the time when I decided to begin my training at Adler Graduate School. While at Adler, I had the opportunity to intern at Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic (a free clinic in Minneapolis), Crown College in St. Bonafacious, and the Youth Service Bureau of Forest Lake. I found all three of these experiences to be highly rewarding, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share in the journeys of so many strong, beautiful people. 

Since graduating from Adler, I have been deepening my skillsets and broadening my scope of practice, all based on a desire to provide every patient with a holistic approach to wellness tailored to their unique struggles and needs. 

Now, with a profound sense of joy, awe, and gratefulness, I am living my dream, my passion, and my truth, which is to walk with you, side by side, as we conquer this thing called life.

My Professional Credentials 

I am the creator and sole proprietor of Intentional Wellness Counseling, LLC. I received my Masters in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School (2016). I am licensed with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (license # 2384)and with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a Licensed Professional Counselor (license # 7779-125).  I am Nationally Board Certified as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMNC).  I am a certified Telemental Health Provider, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and trained in the following other areas: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) (Institute for Creative Mindfulness), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, the Neuroscience of Resilience (Institute for Brain Potential), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Beck Institute), Dance & Movement Therapy (Adler Graduate School), and the Neurobiology of Trauma (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine). I have been certified as a Fitness Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor, and trauma-informed provider. I am an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Individual Psychology. I adhere to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics.


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Julie A. Kaufman


Holistic Therapist

My Beliefs

•  I believe truth and honesty are two of the most important gifts

   we can give ourselves and each other.

•  I believe it’s high time we decide to show ourselves the same

   loving kindness and compassion we show for others.

•  I believe in resonant energy; that a healthy and loving presence

   elevates the vibrations of the world around us.

•  I believe our imperfections are what make us beautiful.

•  I believe the path to discovering our purpose lies in our passion

   and can only be experienced when we have the courage

   to live our unique truth.

•  I believe in using the word “inpowered” vs. “empowered.”

   Empowerment implies one must wait to be given authority

   to take charge of one’s self, space, body, and experience. We

   don’t need to wait for permission from others to take

   charge of our life; our power is already a part of us and is ours

   to own and use. Permission is not required.

•  I believe that although we tend to feel most comfortable when

   life happens as planned, real life happens in the zigzags.

•  I believe a perfectly kept house is a sign of a misspent life

   (that’s a title of a book by the way).

•  I believe that while we can’t always choose our circumstances,

   we always have a choice in how we respond. I also

   believe there are times in all our lives when responding in

   healthy ways is more difficult. (This is where I come in!)

•  I believe once we stop running from our struggles and pain ... and

   instead really get to know them, they no longer control us.

•  I believe life is hard and also beautiful.

•  I believe we all experience moments of varying degrees and

   durations of sadness, fear, and worry and the human experience

   doesn’t always have to be pathologized.

•  I believe that only within the mud of our struggles can we

   discover the strength and potential of our spirit.

•  I believe that it is within our beautiful flaws we find our answers.

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