Meet Julia…

Meet Julia…

Hello, Mommies and Happy 2019!!  My name is Julia Hochstadt, LCSW and I am thrilled to join the My Time Out Blog Team.  Over the next several weeks and months, I’m looking forward to connecting with you and serving as a community resource.  I wanted to start off with a brief introduction of who I am and what I hope to offer.

I am an LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker – and I am trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.  For those not familiar, the way I describe psychotherapy is that it’s an insight-oriented model for therapy.  More or less, I practice “talk therapy” – I consider myself to be an active participant in someone’s treatment which often sounds like a conversation between two people.  I do my fair share of sitting back, listening and asking people to “tell me more about that” and “how does that make you feel,” but in addition, I also talk quite a bit in sessions with my patients.  Over the years, I’ve found that many people are looking to have a therapist that they can have a dialogue with, as well as someone who will hear them out and listen.  I like to think of my style as being a good combination of the two.   

I maintain two practice locations; one in Midtown Manhattan and another in Midland Park, NJ (Bergen County).  My practice is open to anyone (age 12+) who is interested in treatment. Sometimes, people come to therapy because they have a particular “issue” to work on or something they are struggling with.  Other times, people come in to talk through a decision they are contemplating or a change they are looking to incorporate into their lives. I help people of all ages/genders manage a variety of concerns – anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, career changes and entry into new parenthood, to name a few.

In particular, I have extensive experience and expertise in working with people who have experienced traumatic events, including crime and victimization.  I have worked for nearly 20 years with survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence in both hospital and community-based settings. I specialize in working with primary survivors as well as with family and friends of people who have experienced such events.  I work with people who have experienced “any crime at any time”.

I see many people who have recently experienced something traumatic and others who want to talk through or process something that happened to them many years ago.  There’s no wrong way or time to seek therapy. No matter when someone seeks treatment, it means it’s the right time for them!

In addition to my 1:1 work as a therapist, I also enjoy public speaking.  I facilitate educational courses on many of the issues mentioned above for medical, legal and other professional and community audiences. I am a court-certified domestic violence expert and regularly testify as an expert witness with the Manhattan and Bronx District Attorney’s offices.

My hope in collaborating with My Time Out is to offer my expertise as a therapist in whatever ways that might be useful for our community.  I’m here to answer any questions you may have, provide guidance and resources as needed and to keep an open dialogue with everyone here as the interests or needs of the group change!

For those of you who’ve read this far – thank you for your interest in me and my work!  I very much look forward to interacting with you and being a resource.! Stay tuned for more posts from me this month!

Again, wishing everyone a very happy, healthy New Year!

Be Well,


Julia holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, advanced Clinical Certificates from NYU, and certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Julia can best be reached at or via her website

My Time-Out is listed on’s 2018 Top 30 Emotional Intelligence Blogs on the Planet!!!

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