1100 Jorie Blvd. Suites 132 & 243 Oak Brook, IL 60523
64 Orland Square Dr. Suite 112 , Orland Park, IL 60462

Julia Ahlers, LCPC

Julia Ahlers, LCPC

Contact Information

Phone: 630-522-3124
Email: JAhlers@theocdandanxietycenter.com

Julia’s Take on Treatment

“J.A Shedd’s famous quote -A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for- reminds us that having the courage to change can be life altering. Treatment provides the support and encouragement needed to help you face your fears and struggles. You don’t have to journey alone to reach the life you dream of living.”

Approach to Therapy:

Julia approaches clients in a kind, collaborative, and encouraging manner. Understanding that seeking treatment can be exceedingly difficult, she believes that laying a foundation of trust and lack of judgement is paramount to building a safe space. Julia helps clients understand that their goals are truly obtainable with a structured treatment plan, education, and a willingness to change. She knows that education is power when it comes to dealing with fear and anxiety, so spending time explaining, developing, and implementing skills, provides clients with the tools to successfully reduce symptoms. Julia feels that with this change comes confidence, which in turn empowers people to take more chances and challenge themselves to move in the direction of the life they dream.

Julia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, she obtained her Professional Educator License from the state of Illinois. After years of working and living in California she came back to Illinois and earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and a Professional Educator License in School Counseling.  Julia derives her experience from working in schools, Outpatient Hospital Settings, and private practice. She believes that whenever possible, incorporating one’s whole support system into treatment, can be especially helpful in creating motivation and maintaining lasting change. Prior to working at the OCD & Anxiety Center, Julia worked in a private practice seeing adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, and complicated life transitions. She is trained in delivering multiple evidenced based treatment modalities, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She works with children, teens, and adults and specializes in treating all kinds of anxiety disorders and OCD. Additionally, Julia incorporates her personal and professional experiences along with an openness to learn from others, into the therapeutic process. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation, has completed the 4 day Exposure and Response Prevention Intensive training, The SPACE program which deals with working with parents of anxious children, and continues to seek out additional learning opportunities.

More About Julia:

Originally from Ohio, Julia has resided in California and Illinois. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. She is passionate about the outdoors and can often be found in the garden, on her bike or hiking.