I understand the challenges of PANS parenting because I have my own PANS child.
Welcome! I'm Julie, a therapist dedicated to working with PANS families.
My understanding of PANS comes not only from my research and professional background, but also from my personal experience as a parent of a child with PANS.
When it comes to parenting with PANS, I have lived it and I have created systems and techniques to help families navigate this path.
I have always had an interest in combining science and mental health. I began my career as an Assistant Research Scientist at a National Cancer Institute. I conducted research and analyzed data in this role for 8 years.
I learned invaluable skills in this role and co-authored several publications involving glutathione, green tea for cancer prevention and selenium for prostate cancer prevention.
While I appreciate all that I learned from that my time in medical research, it did not fulfill my interests in mental health and working directly with people.
When a friend of mine shared with me her pursuit of a Master's Degree in Social Work, it piqued my interest. I began to research Fordham's program, which was very accessible to me. When I saw that I could do both research and work in the mental health field at Fordham, I realized I had found the right career path. While receiving my credits for my Master's in Social Work at Fordham, I received at $10,000 scholarship to conduct research in their prestigious Children FIRST program and began my specialization in children and families.
My research experience and the past 22 years of being a child and adolescent therapist have set me up well to work with PANS families.
I understand the medical aspects of PANS given my medical background, and I am highly trained in therapy techniques that are needed for PANS families.
The thing that has probably made me the most knowledgeable as a PANS therapist is parenting my PANS daughter through it for the past 18 years.
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