As a wife, mother, licensed therapist, business owner, and award-winning singer-songwriter, media contributor, mental health blogger, speaker, and soon-to-be author,Julie de Azevedo Hanks understands the juggling act women face these days. She also knows what women want and need in order to keep all those balls in the air.
Life isn’t about being flawless or finding a perfect balance, it’s about becoming more of who we really are. When women thrive, families thrive. When we are consumed by caring for others or caught up in the pursuit of external perfection, it’s easy to forget to be awake and alive in our own lives.
During her freshman year of college over 20 years ago, Julie began her music career with the release of her first solo album. Within a few years she married and then became a mother. While her first priority has always been that of being a wife and mother, Julie is also driven by her passion for music and therapy, and has learned the tight-wire balance necessary to raise a healthy family while simultaneously pursuing her own goals. She has gone on to have three more children, release nine more albums, receive her master’s degree (University of Utah), open a thriving counseling practice (Wasatch Family Therapy).
My motivation for doing what I do is to be helpful. It sounds so simple, but it’s the truth. In everything I do I want to connect with people, infuse hope, and to make a difference for good.
Whether you are in the audience at one of her seminars, watching her regular segments on Utah’s popular morning show Studio 5, reading her columns in Wasatch Woman Magazine, or sitting in her cozy office for an individual, couple or family therapy session, it is impossible to not be inspired by Julie’s unique perspective and expert knowledge. Her education and experience have situated her as an authority on the wide gamut of issues women face today including mental health, relationships, self-care, sexual intimacy, childhood abuse, stress, burnout, depression, body image, and eating disorders.
Though I started my therapy career specializing in child therapy, I quickly realized that one of the best ways to help children was to help mothers and marriages. Much of what I talk about at speaking engagements, write about in my songs, and provide as services in my therapy practice are focused on helping women make the most of their lives so they have more to offer their marriages and families.
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