Mental Health Counseling for Children, Adolescents & Families
Fostering healing and wellness by instilling hope
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
– Desmond Tutu
Hello! I’m Julie
I have had the privilege of serving clients in the Chippewa Valley area since 2010. I am passionate about walking alongside my clients and their families as they face life challenges. I use a variety of treatment techniques to provide a strengths-based, compassionate approach to the therapeutic relationship.
Julie Benware, MS, LPC
Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Human Resources, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Licensed Professional Counselor, American Counseling Association
Areas of interest:
- Individuals and Families
- Children and Adolescents
- Anxiety and Depression
- Life Transitions
- Grief and Loss
- Play Based Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
Eau Claire Office
Located in the Golf Terrace Office Building, conveniently found on the northeast corner of Highway 93 and Golf Road on the south side of Eau Claire, Click HERE for a map and driving directions.
Frequently Asked Questions
"What is counseling / therapy?"
The terms ‘counseling’ and ‘therapy’ are used interchangeably, and generally refer to the process of ‘psychotherapy.’ Psychotherapy is a collaborative process that involves working with a trained professional to become better equipped to manage stresses, understand patterns in thinking and behavior, have more satisfying relationships and better regulate emotional responses to challenges.
"What will my first session be like?"
The first session is a time for information gathering and beginning the collaborative process. The paperwork you have completed prior to the first session will be discussed, and you will have the opportunity to clarify any questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to share other important information and what you hope to get out of therapy.
"How much is it going to cost?"
The out-of-pocket cost will vary depending on whether you use insurance and what your individual insurance plan requires of you. It is best to contact your insurance company before you schedule an appointment and find out what your mental health benefits are.
"Is counseling confidential?"
Yes. One of the key components to a successful therapy experience is confidentiality between the client and therapist. A high degree of trust is needed and you should expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone without your permission.
"If I bring my child for counseling will you keep me informed about what he/she tells you?"
Children and teens deserve assurance that their feelings and experiences will be respected and held private – just as adults do. For this reason, I do not make a practice of reporting detailed therapeutic content to parents or caregivers. However, you will be invited to…
Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to book an appointment.
Communicating via email and over the Internet is not secure. Even though it is unlikely, it is possible that your email might be intercepted and read by people other than your intended recipient. Therefore please do not send any protected health information (PHI).
Please note that I am not available after business hours. If you are experiencing a crisis or need urgent assistance, call 211, 911, or go to the nearest emergency department.