Julia Ayraud, MA, LPC-S, NCC, CGRS, BC-TMH

You are tired of not feeling like yourself anymore. You even feel run down and exhausted.  You've experienced numerous losses even through life's many transitions. You feel like no one could possibly understand what you have been going through. The struggle is real.   You might even feel saddened on what your life has turned into or become. It increases your anxiety and worry and impacts your thoughts. Your self-defeating thoughts in turn eventually affect your relationships with others.

why did i become a counselor?

I became a counselor because I felt like no one understood what I was going through and like no one could ever help me feel better. I felt broken and lost in my world and alone in my thoughts. As a counselor, I want to make sure you feel like you have someone walking along with you in your journey and help you feel better in order to take back your life again. 

Owner and Clinical Director of Embrace Your Life, PLLC

Owner and Clinical Director of Embrace Your Life, PLLC

how do i help you?

I help you move through the process of therapy using such tools as mindfulness (being in the present moment and sitting with your thoughts and emotions) and self-compassion (talking and treating yourself like you would with a good friend). Together we will identify thought patterns and learn to change those thoughts into positive thoughts and make sense of them. I often use a creative approach to therapy and try to make it fun. It is my job for you find your inner peace and learn to embrace your life.

I understand where you have been because I've been there myself. I know how hard it is to overcome your fears, loneliness, and feelings of  despair. I've dedicated my life to helping people like yourself going through similar situations. Hang in there and know that you're in good hands!  

How i can help you

  • Moving beyond the losses and finding peace

  • Learn to be mindful and aware while sitting with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions

  • Treat yourself with compassion like you would a good friend

  • Sort through your self-defeating thoughts and learn to make them more positive

  • Identify your values and meaning in life as you move though transitions

  • Build trust in your relationship again by implementing meaningful tools and discussion 

My Professional Background:

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Community Counseling w/specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 2010

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) w/minor in Special Education from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 2003

LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (Texas) Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, 2012-Present #66848

NCC, National Certified Counselor National Board for Certified Counselors, 2010-Present #268947

CGRS, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist The Grief Recovery Institute, 2016-Present

BC-TMH, Board Certified Telemental Health Provider Center for Credentialing and Education, 2018-Present

Organizations I am a Member of: American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Creative Counselors

Extensive Training: Grief & Loss, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue/Burnout, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Telemental Health (Virtual Counseling), and Emotion Focused Therapy.

Things can get better with my help. Don't hesitate to reach out and get started now! You won't regret it!