Hello, I'm Julie Blackburn, founder of Chartreuse Center.

Perinatal and Parenting Support

Pregnancy after fertility struggles or parenting are not what you expected.

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Grief & Loss

Your heart is broken and your life is upside down as you grieve.

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​​​​​Embrace Your Center 

Podcast, Positive Intentions & Blog

Embrace Your Center offers podcast episodes, positive intentions and blog articles for infertility, fertility, perinatal issues, parenting and grief.  Available on iTunes and GooglePlay.  

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Family Dream

 Specialized Counseling Services for

Fertility Issues, Parenting Concerns and Grief 

Reduce aloneness... Enhance coping...Deepen insight

Feel Like YOU Again.

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I look forward to hearing from you. Since, Chartreuse Center has an exclusive focus, I offer complimentary phone consultations in order to determine compatibility of your specific needs and Chartreuse Center's services. The phone call is approximately 15 minutes and your initial session may be scheduled at that time.  The best method to begin the process is to submit the Information Request below and I will contact you as soon as I am able. ​​You can expect calls to be returned during between 8-9pm.


**If you choose to call for the consultation, please know I may be with a client or may be unavailable to answer at that exact moment.  I will return your call when I am available.  

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Restore Your Heart


I created Chartreuse Center with you in mind. I'm here to tell you, there is hope and growth through your pain and struggle.  It may be hard to believe at this point.  You will find yourself again.   You will merge your previous self with the knowledge you gain from this situation and emerge with a greater appreciation for your life and those around you.  


You are looking for something... something to help you feel like yourself again and as quickly as possible.

  • A reduced a sense of isolation; feeling understood and accepted
  • Understanding of your emotions,  reactions to social situations, and how to cope
  • Clarifying expectations of your friendship and family relationships
  • Identifying the type of support you seek from relationships and how to obtain support
  • Redefining a sense of "self" based on new stage of life
  • A renewed self esteem and your confidence will return
  • Improvement in communication and connection in your marriage and love relationships


I made a clear decision to specialize in order to provide YOU with expertise you deserve and exceptional care to help you move through your experience, understand your struggle, realign your core and restore your heart.   

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​​​Fertility Issues

Trying to conceive isn't as simple as you thought it would. 

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Counseling Support

​offered in-person in Orland Park, IL or through distance counseling for Illinois residents

​​​​Chartreuse Learning

Artful Online Courses

Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for your life. Artful learning for life situations surrounding fertility & infertility, grief, and parenting. 

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The First 52 is available for hospices as Email Care Plan

 When I was a Bereavement Counselor while working with hospices, I looked and looked for an Email Care Plan option for my families that had all sorts of barriers to getting to the office for support.  I also thought it a wonderful idea to offer grief support for those that are not in need of counseling though would like to have some information and learn more about their grief.  


Well, unfortunately, I never found it. So, I decided to do something about this... After I created a program called The First 52, your friend in grief, it was time to begin offering the program to hospices to help them extend their reach and have an email option that I was seeking.  It was beyond a want... It was a need.  


The First 52 for Hospice offers the same programming as the individual program, though it has some nice features for organizations.

Each hospice that offers the First 52 as an Email Care Plan has their OWN First 52 platform.  This offers so many benefits. Your hospice continues to serve your bereaved families.  You have the ability to monitor progress, interact with discussions, and send upcoming event emails to your bereaved folks.  Your First 52 can be semi-customized to include your logo, introduce your staff, and even look at data for your reporting.  

 

The First 52, your friend in grief,  mirrors common discussions that arise at specific times throughout that first year of grief.   The platform can be interacted with like an online group.  Participants may share as much and as little as they would like.  Activities and discussion are quality, useful tools that I use with my own clients.  The First 52 offers bereaved families:

❤︎ Weekly emails for the first year of grief delivered directly to an  in-box... Think of it as your weekly email hug.

❤︎ Links to useful websites, videos, worksheets, and activities to help  learn about  specific responses to grief.

❤︎ Bite-size, micro-lessons that fit into life... think lessons are around 3-10 minutes.

❤︎ An online community to share reflections and experiences that is private and off of social media platforms.

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