Licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW has over 20 years in the mental health field providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and multi-problem families with complex mental health and relationship problems. In 2002, Ms Hanks founded Wasatch Family Therapy, LLC, a thriving private outpatient clinic in Salt Lake City, UT where she specializes in women’s emotional and mental health (eating disorders/body image, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, sexual trauma, family-of-origin issues), pre-marriage and marriage counseling, family therapy, and clinical supervision from a psychodynamic perspective. A graduate from the University of Utah’s Master of Social Work program in 1995, Ms. Hanks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD), Board Certified in Practice with Children and their Families, and is currently working toward certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She has presented professionally on building a successful private practice, eating disorder treatment, and attachment processes in marriage and family life.
Ms. Hanks’ desire to make a difference beyond her counseling office fuels her passion to use the media to educate the public on emotional health and family relationship topics. As a regular TV contributor on NBC affiliate KSL TV, a former talk-show host on KJZZ TV, popular relationship columnist, a former host of “You and Yours,” a podcast on The Women’s Information Network, her down-to-earth professionalism and practical advice hit home with viewers and readers. MSN, E! Online, AOL Health, Women’s Day, and others have recently quoted Ms. Hanks on mental health and family relationship topics. She speaks regularly to women’s groups around the country on preventing emotional burnout, body image issues, improving communication, and marriage enrichment.
Her most valuable education has been in the trenches of family life as a wife of 21 years and mother to 4 children ranging from pre-schooler to young adult. Julie (a.k.a Julie de Azevedo) is also an award-winning inspirational performing songwriter and says songwriting her “therapy”.