I work through the lens of “what happened,” rather than "what’s wrong.” 

~ Julie Smith

Julie Smith, MHS, LMFT

Julie Smith, MHS, LMFT, professional trainer, consultant and psychotherapist, is dedicated to treating trauma and training professionals in the areas of trauma-informed care, trauma-focused treatment and vicarious trauma.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. 

Growing up with education and law enforcement (teachers, superintendent, probation officer), Julie experienced what it’s like to be affected by the work of public education and public safety.  This lens influenced Julie to seek a variety of experiences and training to increase her cultural competence and add to her understanding of the unique culture of care providers, educators and trauma workers.

A TEDx speaker, Julie engages with audiences around the world. She has been quoted and featured in many publications including USA Today, Family Circle, First for Women and other web, television and print outlets. She is also the author of Mommyhood Diaries: Living the Chaos One Day at a Time, a winner of the Fresh Voices Award.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters of Human Service with an emphasis in Social Gerontology, and post-graduate certifications in Marriage and Family Therapy and Adolescent Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is trained in EMDR. She also has extensive training in trauma-informed care, victims assistance, micro-expressions and systemic art + play therapy. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences researching vicarious trauma in professional care providers.

Julie is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, National Association of Mental Illness, Gerontological Society of America, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni, and the National Organization of Victim Assistance.

Julie currently maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon and Lafayette, Colorado.

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  • 30 years in community service, mental health, and family systems including experience with coroner's office, residential nursing care centers, and public and private school settings.
  • Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy - Portland Division.
  • 100 public speaking presentations/workshops
  • International professional network including 3K Facebook followers, 2K LinkedIn contacts, 7K IG followers, 4K newsletter subscribers.
  • Over 7.7K TEDx Talk views.

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Photo Credit: Adam Beach

Photo Credit: Adam Beach

Photo Credit: Adam Beach

Photo Credit: Adam Beach


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