At the start of my education I placed my focus within the mental health and human services realm. I completed four different programs that focused on social services, mental health and women's growth and development. Throughout my years in training, I held multiple positions helping women and girls in areas such as pregnancy support and adoptions, parent education, psycho-education, mentorship, career development, empowerment, leadership and personal growth. My clinical training and experience encompass various social service and mental health degrees. These areas of coursework include: human growth & development, psychology & counseling theories, individual & group therapy, spiritual & cultural diversity, addictions, case management, assessment, diagnosis & treatment, and ethics. I also received training and education in Traumatology, Grief and Loss, Body Image, Sandtray Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychosocial & Spiritual Caring which add to my skills as a mental health provider.
Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, George Fox University, 2017
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Social Work, Concordia University, 2013
Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Mental Health and Human Services, Mount Hood Community College, 2011 & Youth Worker Certificate, MHCC, 2011; Transitions Program, Mount Hood Community College, 2009
During my clinical work, I received extensive training as a Quality Mental Health Practitioner, working with a broad range of mental health challenges including anxiety and depression, addiction, self-harm and suicidal ideation. This training involved working with trauma, evaluating issues from multiple perspectives and practice collaboration and consultation with other practitioners. As someone who has experienced personal loss and has seen the effects of losing a loved one, I recently participated in MommaCare training. Additional training in pregnancy loss has further helped me to continue to support women who have experienced the loss of a child during any stage in pregnancy. As a life long learner, my passion for working with moms broadens as I work toward certification in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. Here at Belle Ame Therapy, I work to continue my training by expanding my education, coordinating care and connecting with onsite psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, lactation specialists and other professionals in the field of mental health.
Mindfulness: An Introduction, Mindful Ecotherapy Center
Perinatal Loss- A Framework for Therapists, Bina Bird
Suicide Prevention 2020, Kaiser Permanente
Teletherapy for Perinatal Mental Health, Postpartum Support International
Becoming Us, Level I Professional Training, Elly Taylor
Postpartum Support International Conference, PSI
Certification in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy, Portland State University & Oregon Department of Human Services
Trauma & Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Prevention & Healing, Perinatal Support Washington, 2019
Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training, Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom
Perinatal Bereavement for Psychotherapists Certification, MommaCare TM, Dr. Deborah Rich
Maternal Mental Health 101, Postpartum Support International
Many Facets of Grief, Association for Humanistic Counseling
Mindfulness and Meditation, Mindfulness & Meditation Summit
Treating Trauma, NICABM
HIPAA Compliancy, BBP Training, etc.
In addition, I consistently strive to stay connected in the field and continue to build relationships with other experienced practitioners through affiliations and membership including, but not limited to the following organizations:
American Counseling Association, Member since 2018
Association for Humanistic Counseling, Member since 2018
Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, Member since 2021
NW Association for Death & Bereavement Support, Member since 2019
Postpartum Support International, Member since 2018
Julianna Vermeys, MA, LPC, NCC, RYT
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