Dr. Julia Hussman, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Supervised Practice
Dr. Julia Hussman obtained her Doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She works with adolescents and adults with a range of mental health concerns, including but not limited to mood and anxiety disorders, emotion dysregulation, trauma, relationship issues and difficulties with personality functioning.
Dr. Hussman has a special interest in transitional aged youth, or those ages 16 to 29. She is sensitive to this critical period of transition to adulthood and understands how challenges during this time may interact with or exacerbate mental health concerns.
Dr. Hussman’s therapeutic approach is flexible, client-centered and integrative; she draws from several evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to meet the unique and emerging needs of her clients. She emphasizes the importance of a solid therapeutic relationship and works to foster a safe space built upon mutual trust, genuineness and empathy. She helps empower her clients towards positive change, growth and meaning.
Prior to joining the TPWG team, Dr. Hussman worked in a variety of health service settings with diverse populations. She completed her clinical psychology residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre where she provided treatment for individuals with severe and persistent mental health concerns, primarily in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, with additional rotations in the Youth Psychiatry and Community Mental Health Programs. She also received clinical training in the Assessment and Reintegration Program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and the Adult Outpatient Mental Health Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Dr. Hussman’s research interests are grounded in the developmental stage of Emerging Adulthood and examine how social and cultural influences impact risky health behaviours during this time of life. She has also conducted evaluations of existing health service programs specific to transitional aged youth.
Outside of work, Dr. Hussman enjoys music, canoe trips, cooking and discovering new cuisines, particularly during her travels.