"Suffering and struggles are a part of this life. Ancient Christian wisdom teaches us that making meaning of your pain is the foundation for finding healing and health. I walk with my clients to find the strength and courage to face their hardships and find their path to peace, joy, and hope by sorting out and untangling the complexity of your thoughts and feelings.
Soul care, christian formation, and professional counseling are woven together from decades of training and experience integrating Christianity with the psychotherapy model called Internal Family Systems (IFS). Click here to watch a short video. Every struggle begins in ones' thought-life. Working with me will help you be more intentional with your inner dialogue, resulting in the desired changes toward peacefulness. The inter-relatedness of spirit, mind, and body is foundational to the process of addressing every part of who you are to bring you to the next steps of your journey of experiencing the peace that passes understanding."
Julie Honeycutt, MMFT, NCC, LMHC, LPC is National Board Certified Counselor licensed in Michigan, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Virginia. She is a certified IFS therapist (2011) and completed Level 3 IFS training in 2008 under the teaching of the founder and creator of IFS, Dr. Schwartz and is an IFS-I Approved Clinical Consultant for those seeking IFS certification. Julie’s integration of IFS and the Judeo-Christian worldview began in 2004 while finishing her integration of faith & counseling degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. She had the unique experience of going through Levels 1 & 2 IFS training solely with other like-minded Christians, including spiritual directors, pastors, professors, and theologians. Together with the IFS trainers and founder, Dick Schwartz, space was given to wrestle with where the IFS model of therapy does not align with the Christian worldview and discover the aspects of the model that compliment and enhance one’s Christian faith.
She’s the wife of an Eastern Orthodox priest and they moved to Lynchburg, Virginia a couple of years ago to enter into a slower pace of life. Julie’s passionate about making space for her clients to experience the spiritual practices of slowing, savoring and soaking in the presence of God. Through stillness-of-mind exercises, she guides her clients in learning how to listen to God, and themselves, by learning what it means to ‘take your thoughts captive’ with compassion.
Some of her free recordings and interviews can be found here.
View most of her IFS experience here.
Areas of Focus
- Wholistic wellness (spirit, mind, and body)
- Consultation for therapists integrating faith and psychology
- IFS Informed Spiritual Direction (see more on Services Provided page)
- How to slow down the mind for contemplation and prayer
- Untangling the mind
- Inner Stillness
- Suffering well
- Healing the healer
- Inner Critic/Shame
- Work/Life Balance- Sacred Rhythms
- Decisions & Discernment
- Religious Wounds
- Childhood Neglect; the invisible wound
- Forgiveness (of self, others, and God)
- Spiritual Formation/Soul Care
- Crisis of Faith/Dark Night of the Soul
Clients with existential struggles will find that the IFS model specifically helps with connecting what they "know" about God and living that knowledge out. Many people describe this experience as a 'head-heart disconnect.' I offer my clients a unique experience of self-discovery by helping you unburden fears that keep you stuck in unhealthy thinking patterns and decision making. Through this process, clients experience long-lasting healing as you learn how to live in the freedom of authenticity of Spirit-led life. Learn more about how I use the IFS model by clicking here to go to the IFS Information page.
Julie has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of "Integrating Christian Spirituality/Theology and the Internal Family Systems Model," "Balancing Spirit, Mind, and Body," and many more since 2007. Julie is not currently available for speaking engagements.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR)
What my credentials mean:
MMFT- Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
NCC- National Certified Counselor
LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor
MHSP- Mental Health Service Provider
IFS- Internal Family Systems
CL3- Certified Level 3 (Level 3 is the highest level of training in the IFS model)
434.204.8151 (not able to receive texts)