In the Mitten Counseling


Who is In the Mitten Counseling?

I'm Julie Monan and I'm a

I believe that all people, at some point in their life, feel stuck. Therapy is a process to help a person feel unstuck through self-discovery, self-awareness, learning, and sometimes through practicing new ways of thinking and/or new behaviors.

I received my undergraduate degree in Education from Western Michigan University in 2001. I continued my education, graduating with a Masters degree in Counseling in 2008 from Eastern Michigan University.

In my private practice, I use an eclectic approach that takes advantage of both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Counseling practices. With Cognitive Behavior Therapeutic practices, clients work to develop specific coping skills and strategies to help change their ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving with a goal of mental and emotional health. Person-Centered therapy provides a therapeutic environment that is client focused, supporting progress towards a client's counseling goals.

I specialize in couples therapy, individual therapy, and preteen and adolescent therapy (ages 11+). Typical topics include: anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, trauma, and life transitions (retirement, job transition, divorce, affairs, sexual identity, moving, death, infertility, etc).


Areas of Focus

  • Couples Counseling

    All couples are welcome regardless of whether you are dating, engaged, married, contemplating divorce or in process of separation or divorce. Sometimes couples get stuck in unhelpful and negative communication patterns that lead to relationship conflict. I practice research-based couples therapy rooted in Gottman interventions. I will support the learning of new communication skills and help address unhelpful patterns.

    What we can address in couples counseling:

    • pre-marital counseling
    • conflict
    • emotional or physical separation
    • sexual challenges
    • infidelity
    • communication challenges
    • divorce
    • uncoupling
    • co-parenting
    • dating
  • Preteen and Adolescent Therapy

    Therapy for ages 11+ is offered at In the Mitten Counseling. I use preteen- and adolescent-friendly strategies and tools to support my clients as they work through relationship challenges, life stressors, and navigate life transitions.

    What we can address in preteen and adolescent therapy:

    • anxiety
    • depression
    • social isolation
    • peer relationship conflicts
    • relationship issues
    • self-harming behaviors
    • suicidal thoughts
    • life transitions (divorce, moving, school, etc.)
  • Individual Therapy

    The journey of self-discovery and awareness is supported in individual counseling by the clients working through current life challenges. In addition, clients may examine past trauma and family dynamics in order to gain a better understanding of their feelings. My clients and I collaborate in a supportive environment to challenge distorted thinking and make connections to between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I use research-based techniques and teach coping skills and strategies.

    What we can address in individual therapy:

    • infertility
    • stress
    • women’s issues
    • life transitions
    • anxiety
    • depression
    • relationship stressors
    • sexual identity
    • career
    • trauma
  • Coaching

    Coaching is a client led process in which the client is working towards a specific goal or behavior change. I am a certified Life Coach and creator of the Strive to Thrive Parenting System. I primarily focus on coaching for those affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    I offer ADHD coaching for:

    • parents of kids/teens with ADHD
    • adults with ADHD
    • preteens and teens with ADHD

    Coaching can help parents of kids or teens with ADHD, and teens/adults diagnosed with ADHD focus on:

    • Organization
    • Task Completion
    • Communication Strategies
    • Academic Achievement
    • Routines
    • Behavior Management (for parents only)
    • Working Memory Support

Are you interested in working with me? Schedule an intake appointment.


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I am located at:
425 Boardman Ave., Suite 207
Traverse City, MI 49684, USA

I currently accept private pay clients, as well as the following insurance plans:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Blue Care Network (BCN)
  • Optum
  • Priority Health
  • United Healthcare (UHC | UBH)
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