Philosophy of Care:
Dr. Julieanne Pojas’ life motto is: “Do one thing that scares you the most.” She teaches her patients to live a life of confidence and resilience rather than fear. Dr. Pojas believes in developing a relationship that is collaborative, non-judgmental, supportive, and emphasizes each patient’s strengths. She provides evidence-based interventions to target each individuals’ symptoms. These treatments result in patients who are able to improve more quickly.
Dr. Pojas’ specific clinical interests include anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is particularly skilled at working with families and enjoys helping young adults work through life transitions. Dr. Pojas is also passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness among the Asian American population.
Dr. Pojas currently leads the Buried in Treasures Workshop, a CBT-based workshop that teaches skills to help people with Hoarding Disorder overcome the clutter in their lives. She also offers training to family members of hoarders through the Family-As-Motivators program. This program teaches the friends and families of individuals with Hoarding Disorder how to approach the issue with their loved one and encourage them to seek the help they need.
In her spare time, Dr. Pojas enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, scrapbooking, and watching scary movies. She is known for her inquisitive demeanor and is always willing to try something new – whether it is a new type of food, learning a new recipe, or trying out a new exercise class. In the winter time, Dr. Pojas is either ice skating or cheering on her favorite football team – the Green Bay Packers!
Experience and Training:
Dr. Pojas received her doctorate and masters’ degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related conditions. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure response prevention. Dr. Pojas has received specialized training and certification from the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) at the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Dr. Pojas has experience working in a variety of clinical settings in Illinois and California treating a culturally diverse population. She believes in providing culturally appropriate treatment. She has done several talks training mental health professionals and educating parents about mental health topics. Dr. Pojas is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA), the IOCDF, and the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).
Patient Age Range:
Ages 5 years and Up