Julie Davis, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Welcome to my private practice, where I specialize in working with women, children, and families. I invite you to read through my information below and contact me with any questions as you work to find a therapist who will be the right fit for you or your child and family.
Areas of Expertise
I have expertise in working with young adult and adult women who are experiencing anxiety and depression related to life challenges and changes. These could include but are not limited to, relationship transitions, a new job, going to college, loss of a loved one, infertility, pregnancy, becoming a parent, children moving away from home.
I will help you to develop new strategies and gain insight into your situation and how you can best navigate it. We will work together to build on your existing personal strengths and enhance your social support network.
I have specialized training to work with women struggling with anxiety and depression in the perinatal period, including families of parents of children who have spent time in the NICU. I will support you through this major life transition as we work to improve your symptoms and balance your identity as a parent and partner with your identity and needs as an individual. I can also work with you and your infant together if you have concerns about developing your bond or reading your child's cues.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children and families. This includes working with children who appear to be sad, anxious, or worried. I also work with young children experiencing behavior problems at home or school.
I have specialized training to work with young children who have gone through a trauma or life altering change (e.g. car accident, house fire, painful medical procedure, abuse, recent move) or loss (e.g. parent, grandparent, sibling) . I can work with children as young as three using a short term Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to teach coping skills and make sense of the traumatic experience. Goals will be symptom relief, regaining functioning at home and school, and overall stabilization for the child and the family.
If you are seeking treatment for your child, it is important for you to know that I will want to work closely with the parents throughout the therapeutic process. I strongly believe parents are the biggest agent of change in their children's lives. Using my expertise in child development, psychopathology and behavior change and your expertise on your child, we will assess your child's challenges and their strengths and formulate goals together.
I have specialized training to work with young children (infancy through age six) and parents together. This can be helpful if you are concerned about bonding (i.e. child has a challenging temperament or behavior problems; parent experienced post-postpartum mood or anxiety disorder; child was adopted and bonding was thus delayed). I will work with you together in session to strengthen your sense of self-efficacy as a parent, assist you in reading your child's cues, increase positive interactions between you and your child, and work on behavior management if needed.
I do not provide medications, but I will refer you or your child to medical providers if I believe medication would be a helpful adjunct to therapy.
Approach to Therapy
I am experienced with several evidence based treatments. I draw from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, play therapy, psychodynamic, and family systems models of treatment.
I offer short term, goal directed treatment as well as longer term self-exploration for adult women. Together we will determine what the correct approach is for you or your child based on your wishes, needs, and current research.
I will likely ask you to fill out evidence based assessments at the start of treatment and at time points throughout so that we can track progress towards treatment goals and make decisions about readiness for discharge.
About Julie Davis, PhD
I have over 10 years of experience working with women, children and families in varied therapeutic settings including a community mental health clinic, hospital based psychiatry clinics, and college counseling centers.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Cornell University, my Masters in psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester. My internship training was done at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I worked at Oishei Children's Hospital in the Children's Psychiatry Clinic and the NICU for several years before opening my private practice.
I have been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at University at Buffalo, SUNY since 2016 where I continue to teach seminars for psychiatry residents and psychology and social work graduate students.
I have lived in the greater Buffalo area with my family since 2014.
My practice is located in West Seneca, NY.
I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY and self-pay clients.
If you are interested in learning more about my practice, please contact me at the number below. You can expect a response in 24-48 hours.
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