Dr. Julie Franks, LICSW
Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worke
I offer a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and safe space to support you to make choices, learn skills, and accomplish your goals. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that my role is to support you to have the best relationship possible with yourself, your loved ones, and with your community. My style is collaborative, centered on your needs, and draws on both my experience and education. I view the relationship we develop together as the vehicle that leads to the changes you seek. My role is to empower you to reach your full potential.
Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy
Julie offers support to adolescents, families, and adults. She specializes in supporting adolescents and families who are experiencing a transition for reasons related to family conflict, serious mental illness, or substance use. She also holds a special expertise in helping teens and adults with safety planning and strategies to overcome self-harming behaviors and suicidal thinking. Her focus includes:
· Empowering teens and adults to become their best selves
· Supporting parents and families during transition periods
· Relationships between adolescents, parents, and families
· Family conflict
· Communication, time management, and organization skills
· Supporting families and individuals who are impacted by serious mental illness
· Safety planning for self-harming behaviors and suicidal thoughts
· Strategies for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression
Education and Experience:
Julie has 10+ years of experience in the clinical treatment of mental health and substance use disorders with adults, adolescents, and families. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work and Leadership and Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She also holds her Masters in Theology from Vanderbilt University and Bachelors of Arts from Emory University. She has previously trained in inpatient and outpatient medical settings, with community nonprofits, in substance use treatment centers, and on community crisis teams. In addition to her clinical work, Julie has been part-time faculty at the University of Tennessee’s online College of Social Work program for the past seven years. She teaches clinical courses, conducts research on a wide variety of topics related to clinical and community social work, and mentors students who are joining the social work profession.