Julia Van-Horn Jones

Despite our best efforts, life can sometimes feel like it’s out of control.  When this happens, we may struggle to adjust, which can lead to depression, anxiety, problems in our relationships, and difficulties coping with grief and loss. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, pursuing counseling with me may be a good fit for you.

My life and experiences as a military spouse have brought me into contact with numerous individuals who are struggling to adjust to the dynamic environment of the military.  These families have humbled and inspired me to serve your community as a clinical mental health counselor.  At the Banyan Tree Center, I apply my experience through the lens of civilian life to provide empathetic and compassionate counseling services. 

I work with clients ranging from adolescence to middle adulthood, but will also work with clients outside of that age range.  My counseling process consists of three main areas of focus: 1) Treating clients who are struggling with the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression 2) Helping clients to manage and mend difficult relationships with their loved ones and 3) Helping clients deal with the stress and/or trauma associated with maladjustment, grief, and loss. 

When you pursue counseling services with me, you can expect an empathetic listening ear, professionalism, and understanding.  To the very best of my ability, I will use my experience to help you get unstuck from life’s circumstances that are preventing you from thriving in life. I believe very strongly in the integrated connection between the body, the mind, and the spirit. When one of these is unwell, we are thrown out of balance and become stuck.   Simply put, I consider all aspects of your mental health, physical wellbeing, and spiritual life, such as how you work, eat, sleep, exercise, play, and connect with your higher power. Together, with this information, we will work towards getting unstuck through talk therapy and incorporating your unique interests into in-session activities that promote emotional release, expression, and taking back control of your response to your ever-changing life!     

My education:

I am a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate at the University of Georgia and a counselor-in-training.  My education places a heavy emphasis on community counseling, counseling considerations for individuals of diverse backgrounds, and advocacy.   

I received my undergraduate degree in biology from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a minor in human and community services in 2015.

My experience:

During my undergraduate career, I worked in domestic violence courtroom advocacy in Catawba County, N.C. through Family Guidance Center, and received certification in Prevent Child Abuse America’s Darkness to Light training program.  From January 2017-June 2018, I served as the certified military family ombudsman for Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan.  In this role, I served as a liaison between the command triad and the families of the command by advocating for their needs, passing along important information from the command, providing community and sailor education, being involved in emergency relief efforts, and providing crisis counseling.