Julie Long

Founder and Counsellor (MEd., CCC)

*Julie is not accepting new clients at this time.*

Is your anxiety and depression preventing you from living your life? Have you lost the sense of who you are and where you’re going? Is there a toxic relationship in your life sucking the energy out of you?

Sometimes we know exactly what we need to change but we feel stuck and can’t do it. But there is a way… Seeing a therapist enables you to feel safe, understood, and hopeful that you can move forward in your life.

Conversations with Safe Harbour Therapy
86 – Empowerment Through Choice with Julie Long

How I can help.

Life happens…and our body is inherently capable of processing those hurtful situations so we can protect ourselves.

Yet when life is too overwhelming to cope, our brain gets behind in its paperwork and our body may act in “seemingly” helpful ways to protect itself: by over responding or under responding in order to survive. Trauma sensitive yoga practices help us to reconnect with our body so we can stay present when we revisit those past events. EMDR engages our innate systems so that we can complete the processing of those old memories that are keeping us stuck in the past so we can live our life – in the present.

My story.

Adverse life events (traumas) have knocked me down and there have been times I could not get back up, without help.

In 2009, I remember seeing a therapist who helped me feel that there wasn’t something wrong with me… Something wrong happened to me. We used EMDR to help me move through those traumas so that I could live in the present moment, not in the past. Then in 2014, I discovered my love of yoga and read about how it helps those struggling with complex PTSD in Bessel van der Kolk’s book, The Body Keeps the Score. I was hooked and completed a 40-hour foundational training in trauma sensitive yoga and am currently in a 200 hour basic yoga teacher training and a 300-hour trauma sensitive yoga certification program. My hope is to support clients move on from the grips of the past and feel embodied in the here and now with agency, compassion and joy.

Life outside the office.

Mental health advocacy is a passion of mine, in addition to learning how to live our best lives. I love walking my dog and enjoying the sunshine and trees. As a highly sensitive person, some of my favourite hobbies are spent by myself reading in my comfy chair, writing, running outdoors, training, practicing yoga, or meditating. Yet connecting in a meaningful way with loved ones is essential for me too, whether it’s being inspired by the joy of my nieces and nephews, laughing out loud with my husband, or just being with my family and friends.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma/PTSD

Areas I can assist with.

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Chronic Illness
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Focusing difficulties
  • Intuition
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Self Esteem/Identity
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Women’s Issues

Therapies offered.

  • Attachment
  • Coaching
  • CBT
  • EMDR
  • Emotional Focused
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused
  • Somatic
  • Strength Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga


Average Cost per session$150/hour plus GST
Methods of payment acceptedcash, etransfer, debit, credit
Accepts coverage?Please contact your provider. I do not direct bill.
Accepted Insurance PlansDesjardins, Greenshield, Olympic, Healthcare Spending Account
Liability Insurance provider and expiration dateBMS Insurance EXP. January 2022


Years in Practice12
SchoolUniversity of Manitoba (Masters in Educational Psychology)
Year Graduated2011

Additional Credentials.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) #62422012
EMDR Canada member2015
EMDRIA Certified Therapist2019
EMDRIA Approved Consultant2021
200 hour Yoga Teacher-in-Training2021
300 hour TCTSY Certification Candidate2021

In the media.

Who’s Who Women in Business Magazine 2019Click Here

Conversations with Safe Harbour Therapy Podcast.

86 – Empowerment Through Choice with Julie Long

written by Julie Long on 21/10/21

For this week’s episode, founder Julie Long, reflects on choice … how choice might empower us and how the lack of choice might dis-empower us and thus affect how we think, feel, and respond to our world.

read this article…

85 – The Power of Gratitude with Julie Long

written by Julie Long on 14/10/21

Around this time of year, it’s a custom for many to share what they appreciate about each other. Perhaps you’ve recently been on the receiving end of a thank you. Do you remember your reaction? I know when I receive a comment of appreciation it resonates with me and puts a bounce in my step. Research has shown that sharing an expression of gratitude with another person elevates the receiver’s mood but it helps elevate the mood of the giver of the gratitude. It’s a dose of dopamine and who doesn’t like feeling better?

read this article…

78 – The Body’s Response to Trauma

written by Julie Long on 12/08/21

Have you ever reacted to something random like a text, someone’s voice, or a feeling in your own body that gives you a headache or makes you anxious? This podcast is meant to provide you with a better understanding of why some of these body sensations, emotions, and thoughts (that may seem to come out […]

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