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Chartreuse is right there inside you, at your core.  

Most of the time, we face a life obstacle and we have the resiliencies to cope and return to our center.  There are times we face a profound challenge that alters the assumptions we once held. We are forced to confront our beliefs, subsequently realign, and then grow from those experiences.  

We all have a bit of Chartreuse in us if we want it. Chartreuse arrives as that place of authentically knowing yourself and allowing yourself to dive a bit deeper. We no longer accept the facade. We are ready to do the work of piecing ourselves back together after we felt we became shattered.  Chartreuse is that compassionate exploration that is a beautiful cross-section of growth and enlightenment that becomes our new way of living that helps us feeling like ourselves again.

Chartreuse Center was founded in 2015 to address the lack of specialized private counseling support for bereavement and infertility concerns.  Focus grew to 3 key transitions within the family.:

Family Building through fertility support ❤︎ Fertility Transition to Parenting ❤︎ Grief/Bereavement

In 2018, National Online Programs were introduced to extend accessibility to those that prefer self-guided supports, live in areas with minimal supports or may have barriers to obtaining services.  When Covid-19 Pandemic challenged in-person sessions, Chartreuse Centerwas prepared and had already offered Virtual Tele-Health Counseling Sessions for those that are home bound, live in remote areas, or weather interfered with in-person sessions.

Chartreuse Center's mission is to expand quality, specialized support for those facing life changes and reduce barriers to education, information and support through technology for those grieving the loss of a Loved One, coping will fertility and family building challenges and adjusting with perinatal and new parent life adjustments.



Grief, Fertility & New Parent


Serving Illinois & Indiana for Counseling  ❤︎ National Online Self-Guided Programs 

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Meet Julie Blackburn, Owner of Chartreuse Center

Julie is no stranger to grief. After a number of sudden losses as a child and eventually caring for her mother-in-law through esophageal cancer, she changed careers with the intention to support those adjusting to a new way of living after a significant loss in their life. Julie understands the trials of infertility, living with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Julie eventually grew her family through foster care adoption. In 2009, Julie graduated with a dual Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology & Art Therapy from Adler University. She holds professional licensure as a therapist in Illinois and Indiana and is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. Julie is a national presenter and has presented for: Bereaved Parents of the USA, Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC), just to name a few.