You deserve to be cherished:

By yourself and your partner.

Does this sound familiar?

You want to learn to truly understand each other and use difficult conversations as a doorway to intimacy, so you can feel safe and understood when sharing your vulnerable side.

You want to feel supported by your partner, so you’re able to bring the wisdom of tough times forward, not the damage.

You want to be able to embody a sense of relaxation and comfort with one another and share more erotic experiences, so you can use sex as a doorway to deeper intimacy.

Someone who recognizes disagreements as an opportunity to change and evolve, so you can experience the richness and wisdom that comes from being in a healthy relationship.

If you’re struggling with any of these issues, you’ve come to the right place.

Julie Schmit LMFT

I’m Julie Schmit

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Couples Therapist and Sex Therapist. I believe healthy relationships are your birthright. To that end, I’m here to help you discover love and deepen your current relationships through my practical approach to intimacy.

Our Work Together

We will explore the major stressors in your life; your belief systems, health history, your childhood and other issues and how they impact your well-being. I am here to be your committed listener and your mirror in this process. We will also incorporate the body by using simple, body and energy sensing exercises as well as creative visualizations, breathing exercises and guided meditations.

My professional leadership roles include:

  • Guest Instructor- “A Sex Therapist’s Guide to Tantric Sex Practices” University of WI, Stout, Sex Therapy Certification Program.
  • Workshop Leader- “The Power of Pleasure-You Deserve It!” Modernwell Women’s Co-Working Space.
  • Workshop Leader “How to Talk About Sex for Modest Minnesota Mortals” Wellness Minneapolis Health Center.
  • Workshop Leader “Soulful Sex Secrets; Ways to Deepen Passion & Intimacy With Your Partner” Jumpstart Counseling Studio.
  • Workshop Leader “Soulful Sensativity: A Beginning Intuitive Development Series for Women” Wild Tree Wellness.
  • Workshop Leader “Wild Woman Wisdom: Advanced Intuitive Developmet Series” Wellness Minneapolis Health Center.
  • Podcast Host “Jumpstart Jam Sessions at the Edge” The Edge Magazine and Blogtalk Radio.

My professional training includes:

  • Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy – Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Certified Couples Therapist – Relational Life Therapy (RLT)
  • Sex Therapist- Member of the Sexual Health Alliance (SHA)
  • Discernment Counseling- Minnesota Couples on the Brink Clinical Training
  • Couples Institute Developmental Model
  • EMDR Therapy
  • PREPARE/ENRICH pre-marital assessment- certified facilitator
  • Body Centered Psychotherapy & Energy Therapy – Barbara Brennan School of Healing
  • Yoga Instructor – E-RYT
Ready to take action? Contact me to schedule a free, 15-minute phone or video consultation to see if we’re a fit to work together.

Why I Do This Work

As a child born during the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, I was fortunate to be adopted by open-minded parents. Among the many things that parents typically teach their children, mine taught me the value of being self-empowered and to be, what today is called “sex positive.” They taught me that sex is natural and generally healthy when utilized positively. Little did I know what an impact that would have on me.

Since I was adopted as a young child, I had the nagging desire to “find myself.” When I turned 18, I set out to find my biological roots (before that was a ‘thing,’ and before adoption records were open to adoptees). My search brought me to my birthplace in Southern California and, in the end, proved to be fruitful. Because of these experiences, I learned the value of healthy relationships, intimacy and the human need for closeness.

While I was searching for my biological roots, I was drawn into the holistic healing movement that was fresh and alive in Southern California in the 1980’s. When I moved back to Minneapolis in 1990, I put what I learned to practice. Over the next three decades, I helped pioneer the practice of yoga in the Twin Cities. I’ve worked as a movement specialist and yoga instructor and designed yoga-related programs for the University of Minnesota Gopher Football Team, the U of M Dance Department, the U of M BFA Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club (to name a few of my former clients). My work has been featured in Yoga Journal and the Minneapolis Star/Tribune. My interest in the mind-body connection and holistic healing led me to a degree from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing’s four-year healing science and energy healing program. I also have extensive experience working in rehabilitative massage therapy.

I bring this range of experiences – knowledge about the body, insight into human well-being and the mind-emotion-body connection to my work as a psychotherapist and a couples counselor. The body and mind are a powerful duo in the creation of a life full of love, intimacy and celebration! My approach is direct, compassionate, and peppered with humor. My style is more West Coast than Midwest and is informed by my Jewish identity.

I’ve been happily married for 26 years to a research psychologist and writer. Next to our adult child, he’s the love of my life. I know personally the challenges and joys that marriage and family can bring. In my experience, the hard work has paid off in so many ways!