Julia Albores, LCSW-R

Julia Albores is a licensed clinical social worker, a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work, and a member of the NASW.  Julia has over 13 years of comprehensive clinical experience and is a Senior Clinician and Intake Coordinator at Interactive Discovery. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families on a wide range of issues. 

Julia provides a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to all of her clients and believes the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Her approach emphasizes family systems and interpersonal relationships, integrating Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Julia’s pre and post masters work demonstrate a commitment to empowering individuals and families.  During her graduate practicum, Julia provided assessment and treatment services at South Beach Psychiatric Center, where she also helped develop and run programs aimed at building family involvement in therapy.  She gained in-depth experience working with patients with major mental illness in the center’s Lithium clinic.  Julia went on to complete a second internship and later became a clinical staff member of the Roberto Clemente Family Therapy Training Program, an affiliate of Gouverneur Hospital, where she gained experience working with immigrants and individuals from diverse backgrounds while using a multicultural systemic perspective.  As part of her post graduate training, Julia completed 2 years in the core training program, Live Clinical Supervision at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. 

Julia is eclectic in her orientation and offers a holistic, integrative approach to client-centered therapy.  When working with children she draws from her training in family systems therapy, attachment and play-based therapy, cognitive behavioral, and mind-body therapies.  Areas of emphasis with children include divorce, blended families, anxiety, depression, ADHD, oppositional, and other behavioral problems.  And when working with couples she draws from Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapies. 

Julia is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience working with Spanish speaking clients. In addition to providing therapy in Spanish, she also provides comprehensive psychological evaluations and reports for immigration purposes, and as needed collaborates with immigration lawyers, psychiatrists and physicians. 

Julia is also a clinical supervisor to student interns and currently supervises students from the NYU Steinhardt Department of Applied Psychology, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. As a supervisor, Julia endeavors to create a safe and supportive atmosphere where students learn to apply their conceptual knowledge, build clinical skills, and explore their clinical instincts.

Julia brings a heart centered voice to her work with each individual and family.  She strongly believes that each individual is their own best expert.  Julia works collaboratively with her clients to find solutions and life-long skills that they can use to manage immediate and long-term challenges.  She is passionate about her work and views herself as a tool to draw forward the expertise and brilliance within each client and family.