Julie A. Guido, MSW, LCSW
Psychotherapist
301-332-7062
117 W. Gay St., #130 West Chester, PA

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Julie A. Guido, LCSW, has been working with individuals, couples and families in distress for more than twenty years. 

She prides herself in her ability to connect and work effectively with children, adolescents and adults utilizing various approaches individual to each client's unique situation, past and present. She specializes in helping client's cope with anxiety and depression.

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ABOUT MY PRACTICE

My mission is to offer professional  psychological services for individuals,
couples, children and adolescents at affordable prices and in a timely manner.
You are in charge of your therapy to whatever extent possible.  With me as your guide, you will be able to :

1. Identify where and how life experiences effect you now and/or earlier on in life.

2. Learn how to think in healthier ways about both that which you
cannot change as well as that which you learn that you can change.

3. Learn to be in touch with your true feelings and the responsibility that comes
with owning them OR letting go of that which is not yours through the knowledge of  healthy boundaries.

4. Identify and acknowledge feelings as they pertain to behaviors. 

5. Better understand family members. to include parents, husbands, wives, and children.














“In our lives change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.” 

Buddha

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What I Do

 Toolbox

  • Relaxation begins with the correct breathing technique. Deep diaphragm breathing is key to calming oneself.
  • Communication comes in many forms. Healthy verbal communication conveys acceptance and validation. Texting is NOT a recommended way to communicate negative feelings. Ever..

Systems Approach to Therapeutic Intervention

Unlike most therapy services one receives, family-of-origin work is considered a major component in my practice.
A genogram is created as a concrete symbol that visually shows the dynamic among family members in past and present. This is helpful to look at for several reasons. One, it tells your "story" as a child. It ties together intergenerational patterns never before seen. It jars memory to be able to see where family members may be "stuck" in certain areas of development.  It depicts valuable information that may dictate how future relationships and/or behaviors have or can be developed.
The impact of childhood pain/discomfort/scarring is real and can be seen through this valuable tool. 
Do you want to put a bandaid on the pain with a quick fix or deal with the real issues that brought you here? If you find that you have been in and out of therapy throughout the years it may be that you either a.) haven't been emotionally ready until now, and/or b.) have not dealt effectively with family-of-origin issues.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A therapeutic technique that embraces change of behaviors through changing how one thinks about situations, experiences, people and things.
This technique challenges the way unhealthy thoughts come to fruition and teaches how to combat future unsettling thoughts leading to unhealthy behaviors. The mind-body connection is striking. There are many tools associated with this particular type of treatment.
Homework is involved and change is a given. This is powerful and proven to work well with certain anxieties (childhood and adult) as well as depression, sleep problems and low self-esteem. It also aids in work with couples, who are able to "talk" through some of the assignments while learning new things about the other spouse/companion. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse. It is more specifically tuned to treat self-destructive thinking and the behaviors that often accompany these thoughts.

PTSD Healing

Any event or series of events that overwhelm a person with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. Treatment for PTSD includes exercise and focus on how one's body feels . Being "present" along with breathing techniques, often learned through some type of Mindfulness Training, are very helpful as grounding techniques. Reconnecting to one's uncomfortable emotions without becoming overwhelmed can make a huge difference in one's ability to balance one's moods, and take back control of one's life.

Anxiety Disorders

There are more than 3 million US cases of anxiety disorders per year. This includes children and adults. Fear is a healthy response to a dangerous situation.  Anxiety is a fear to a situation that hasn't, and most likely wouldn't happen in reality. Unlike a healthy form of fear, anxiety is most likely to expand itself into a snowball effect where the more one attempts to deny it's existence, the more anxiety one produces until a sense of overwhelmingness takes over. Highly treatable, various forms of anxiety can be managed through the use of stress scales, reality checks, various work sheets depicting "what ifs", mindfulness training and other relaxation methods. Medication management is not necessarily a necessity in most cases.


Family Therapy

Anxiety, depression, addiction, mental illnesses, acute stress/chaos, family changes...all filter down. What affects one member of the family affects each member in a family in their own individual ways. While one family member may act out with bad grades and cocky attitude, another may withdraw while another may be compelled to self-destruct in any number of ways only to alert people outside the family, letting helping professionals know the family is in distress. There are many other roles that family members may take to find some kind of solace or distraction from the dysfunction going on inside the home. Family therapy is designed to bring out the unhealthy behaviors that affect all members and use healthy communication techniques - both verbal and nonverbal - to learn how to reach all affected by problem behavior(s) as well as have tools to change behaviors that affect or enable others' unhealthy behaviors within the family.

Couples Therapy

Generally, the earlier couples come in to get help, the better. Years of pent up resentments and destructive patterns that have been present for several years make counseling a difficult task for all concerned. There are very specific "rules" I need couples to abide by in order for treatment to be successful for all parties.
When I see couples for the first time, I make it clear that there is to be no extramarital "friends" in the picture at the time. This frees up the couple to focus entirely on working on their relationship.
Secondly, in order to help a couple deal constructively with stress/anger I suggest that the couple save the conflict for the office. This helps me to help them with negative patterns of interaction during heated times. 
Third, homework is given and must be completed by both parties by a specified time. When one spouse does not follow through for whatever reason, it sends a very distinct message to the other. It also gives me information related to desire for treatment and other factors important to helping couple move forward or not.
If there are no distractions and the couple is interested in working hard to understand, respect and realize that their partner is both human and fallible, then expectations can be dealt with and both can actively work to better themselves as individuals and then as a healthier couple. It is only at this point where it becomes an eye-opening experience for that spouse who chose to deny feelings or close eyes to his/her partner's pleas for help earlier.




 


ALL SERVICES

My clients say:

"I like that my therapist is understanding and is helping me solve problems." 15 year old male

"I think she's funny and she actually gets me. I'm excited about this time. The last few times (in therapy) haven't worked for me, but I have more hope this time." 30 year old female

"What I like most about  Julie is her compassion, positive feedback,. She's friendly and approachable. She accepts me. I couldn't be happier with my experience. She is a great help!"   43 year old male

"Julie let me lead the conversation if I had something to talk about but also would lead if I couldn't gather my thoughts. Also, she let me decide how much or little I needed. I was very happy to walk away with items to work on or practices in daily life to chip away at certain issues."  27 year old female


What I Do:

STEP ONE - Give me a call to see if I can help you or your loved one. I have a 24 hr call return policy.  
                                                                                                                     301-332-7062

​Step Two - Insurance information exchange. If I do not presently take your insurance I will work with your insurance company regarding out-of-network payout.  Or, if you prefer, I accept cash, American Express, Discover, VISA and MasterCard.

Step Three - I have flexibility. I can work with you to find a mutually agreed upon time to meet at my office in the historic Gay Street Commons building in the borough of West Chester. I have office hours five days per week and generally one weekend day. 
                                                                  117 W. Gay St., #130, West Chester, PA, 19380. 


Step Four - Come in for an evaluation to see what your needs are, how many sessions it may take to get you where you want to be, and how I can help you on your way toward a more balanced, healthy outlook. 

Step Five - At our second appointment I will walk you through a Master Treatment Plan that includes specific long and short term goals to help you see how you are moving forward. This is something we work on together with your input and my expertise. 



I am a seasoned clinician who has worked in a variety of mental health settings since graduating with a master's degree over 15 years ago. What I offer is experience with many populations, an emphasis on anxiety in children, adolescents and adults. My toolbox contains many different options and skills to teach depending on the age, issues and severity of difficulties involved.