“I break the myths behind teen misbehavior to ignite understanding, build trust and start conversations on the the things that matter." 

Julie Smith, MHS, LMFT
Behavioral Scientist + Youth Advocate

“I am driven to ignite conversations and catalyze change to
ensure adolescents maintain their human rights including
access to education, healthcare, and safe communities.”

Julie Smith, behavioral scientist, youth advocate and family crises manager, is an expert in the study of human behavior. Julie specializes in adolescents, aging and atypical behaviors. Adults have called her “the voice of reason and truth” and kids say “she just gets it.”

Best known with her clientele as a "Teen Whisperer," Julie’s expertise and advice is frequently sought after and she has been on speed-dial for many families who have immediate concerns or are in current crisis.

Over the past 30 years, Julie has honed her communication and problem-solving skills through her experiences as a sought-after family therapist and family crises manager, a Guardian Ad Litem, and an behavioral consultant for individuals, non-profit institutions and corporations throughout the United States and abroad.

A TEDx speaker and columnist, Julie engages with audiences around the world. She has been quoted and featured in numerous publications including USA Today, Family Circle, First for Women and other web, television and print outlets. She lectures on adolescent development and behavior, crisis care for youth and mental health. Her pioneering workshops and courses dispel the myths of adolescent misbehavior and the stigma of mental health to help parents and professional create deep understanding and strong relationships and partnerships at home, school and work.

In addition to her work as a youth advocate, Ms. Smith is the founder and former owner of Character Clubs, which offered character-based leadership programs for children. She is also the author of Mommyhood Diaries: Living the Chaos One Day at a Time, a winner of the Fresh Voices Award.

Julie, a lifelong learner, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Masters of Human Service and post-graduate certifications in Marriage and Family Therapy, Adolescent Therapy, Addictions Counseling and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She holds additional certifications gerontology, systemic art and play therapy. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, National Association of Mental Illness and the Gerontological Society of America

In addition to programs and speaking, Julie maintains a private practice in Pacific Northwest and outside Denver, Colorado.

Book Julie as a Speaker


Julie Smith, MHS, LMFT, has
  • 30 years in family development and relationships.
  • 15 years entrepreneurial  experience
  • 40 public speaking presentations/workshops
  • International professional network including 2K Facebook followers, 2K LinkedIn contacts, 7.2K IG followers, 4K newsletter subscribers and many top influencers.
  • Over 2K TEDx Talk views.
  • Over 35 years of community service volunteer and public policy advocate.

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