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Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Registered Art Therapist

Founder of Chartreuse Center

Hello, I'm Julie Blackburn.  I believe it is important for you to connect with your therapist.  I think it only fair I be authentic with you and share just a bit beyond my work experience.   I have had my own personal experience with infertility.   My husband and I were able to became parents through foster care adoption and we continue to be foster parents.  I'm here to tell you, there is hope.  Life may seem uncertain right now.  After significant deaths, my life was different.  After infertility treatment, my life was different.  After becoming a foster & adoptive parent, my life was different yet again.   I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences.  I created Chartreuse Center to help you awaken, develop a deeper connection within yourself and find growth through your struggle.  No two griefs are the same - your experiences are unique to you.  You do not need to cope in isolation any longer.  I can resonate that life can seem unsettled while you are trying to determine the next step.

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist .  Art Therapy and counseling are a second career for me.  I decided to make a career change after being a caregiver for my mother-in-law who died from esophageal cancer in 2003. At that time, I knew I needed to be doing something different and my career was no longer satisfying me like it had in the past. Therapy is an ideal match for me - I couldn't be happier as a therapist.  I am so honored to have folks like you share their life struggles with me when the times are the toughest.  I am a student of life and I learn from my clients everyday. It's absolutely amazing to see transformations.  

Since 2009, I have provided counseling and art therapy for hospice patients and the bereaved whose grief is due to the loss of a loved one or loss through a long term illness, sudden death, miscarriage or still birth. I have enjoyed working with children, teens and adults with a variety of life and loss issues.  For a number of years, I have companioned couples with primary and secondary infertility by facilitating a monthly general infertility support group for RESOLVE, the National Association for Infertility Awareness.  I am committed to supporting couples through various fertility issues and have a Certificate of Completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International.  I enjoy sharing the power and effectiveness of art therapy with others and have presented at hospitals, schools, organizations, churches and professional associations.

I hold a dual Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Adler University.   I believe in connecting with other professionals and staying current in my areas of specialization.  I hold professional membership with: 

  • Illinois Counseling Association (ICA),
  • American Art Therapy Association (AATA),
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association (IATA) (2007-2018)
  • Indiana Art Therapy Association (2019)
  • RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and
  • previously a member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

I believe in helping the greater community. I recognize not everyone needs or will seek counseling, not everyone will attend a support group, and not everyone has resources that are easily accessible. I recently began an online school for you, the person coping with a struggle.  Enrollment for courses occurs throughout the year.  Based on the type of course, some are open all the time where others are offered once or a couple times a year. Additionally,  I host a podcast titled "Embrace Your Center" to offer support to all types of folks searching for information regarding fertility struggles, perinatal concerns and grief. "Embrace Your Center" is available on iTunes, Google Play and at www.JulieBlackburnLCPC.com.  Finally, I create Positive Intentions on YouTube to give you a focus for positive energy and thoughtfulness for you day.  My actions certainly support my vision and hope to reduce isolation during your struggle.