Julie McGowan

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Specialty

  • Infant Mental Health



I am a foster parent.

I played on the USA National Korfball Team in 2006

I have one sister who is 2 years older than me. People ask us if we are twins, but we don't think we look alike.

"I have never seen a child who could not come to dramatic levels of healing"


I am an optimistic, glass half full kind of person. I enjoy the little things in life and seek to always see the positives of a situation. I love to laugh and I do it as much as possible! I enjoy my work and being able to walk alongside children and families in whatever journey they are facing.   When I am not at work, I enjoy being a mom and a foster parent.  I was called to do foster care not only to care for child but also to walk along side birth parents and to support them on their journey. I have 2 biological children (3 year old and 2 month old) and have had 2 long term foster placements over the last 4 years.  I love getting outside and enjoying the sun. In the summer my kids and I spend a lot of time at the pool, the beach or splash pads. I am very close to my family and travel often out of state to see them. When I have free time I enjoy cooking, reading and napping!


Grand Valley State University, Master of Social Work


Hope College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology



Most of my experience, and my passion, has been working as a therapist with children and families who have experienced some type of trauma, abuse, and/or neglect and are experiencing emotional and behavioral concerns. I am trained in TF-CBT, TBRI, and ADOPTS and also have experience using techniques such as play therapy and sand tray therapy. I have experience with children of all ages as well as adults. I also have a background in working with older adults struggling with issues of adjustment, grief and loss.