July’s interest in psychotherapy began as a way to understand why art was so important in her life. She believes that art as a tool of creativity and healing enriches the lives of the individual and crosses the boundaries of traumatic experiences and transforms our fears and despairs.
July has a bachelor’s degree in Fine art with a painting emphasis. She also minored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies while studying at Florida International University in Miami Florida. July has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapist with an emphasis in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California. She has extensive training in Trauma and Family Violence.
July has a broad range of work experiences; she has worked with domestic violence victims and with court mandated individuals. She has worked extensively in school based programs. July facilitated a Stanford University Pilot Program “Academy Community School” that emphasized teacher and classroom consultation & education on mental health. July created and implemented “Summer Bridge Program” for elementary school children moving to middle school. July also participated in the “Madres Project” funded by Bella Vista Foundation, an art therapy project focusing on maternal depression using cultural traditions to facilitate healing. She co-wrote and received a LGBTQ Horizon grant for a youth therapeutic group. July is also a practicing artist.
July has lectured at Santa Clara University for the Social Worker Practicum Program focusing on Art Therapy as a mode of treatment. She was a presenter at the Northern California Art Therapy Association “Cultures of Creativity” Conference, where she presented her methodology and results from the “Madres Project”.
July is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Art Therapy Association, the Northern California ATA, and the San Francisco Spanish Speaking Therapists.