Julie Cake

About Me

I have been working as a psychotherapist in Seattle since graduating from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2002. Prior to my work as a therapist, I was a middle school English and history teacher in North Carolina. I loved the unique opportunity that teaching provided to interact with students and their families. My increasing desire to help people at an emotional level drew me to change careers. Besides my own personal therapeutic work, my former role as teacher and current role as mom are two of my biggest influences as I sit with clients today.

True to my teaching roots, learning and growing as a therapist has been a central value. I completed an internship working with sexual abuse victims where I led groups and counseled individuals. I accrued over 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work in order to become a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington. In addition, I have taken numerous trainings over the years, including completing 100 hours in a Clinical Theory and Practice course and participating in multiple classes offered by Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists in Seattle. After co-founding Seattle Therapy Alliance, a low-fee clinic for women, I began working as a clinical supervisor. Since leaving STA in 2014, I continue to enjoy the work of consulting and supervising new therapists.

Currently I'm reading and thinking about how our unique intersections (the things that make you, you from gender, race, religion, sexuality, culture) impact how we engage the world. I'm also working hard at finding my voice as a writer.

Areas of Experience and Interest

  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mother Abandonment
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Therapeutic Approach

Real change is possible, and the therapeutic relationship is a unique avenue that can create the kind difference you have been wanting. My approach is grounded in neurological and psychological research that supports the brain’s ability to grow and change throughout our lifetime, primarily through the avenue of our relationships. I’m interested in who you are and what we can learn from each other. Psychotherapy with me will provide an opportunity to go deeper into the unconscious reasons you do, say and feel what you do because of your past and current relationships. You will safely be able to explore the many complex thoughts and feelings you have without judgment.

We will discuss your problem, understand its source, and investigate your choices to create change. As research shows, the body and mind are connected, and when one part of you emotionally suffers, your body is affected. In our work, we will pay close attention to both. Therapy not only will help you become a more secure you, it can also help you become a healthier you.

With the right therapist, I deeply believe psychotherapy can make the kind of difference that positively contributes to all areas of your life.