Juliann Li Verdugo, MSW, LLMSW (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a clinical social worker who is passionate about working with individuals from a client-centered, strength-based and trauma-informed framework. She has worked with children and adults on a range of presenting contexts, including depression, anxiety, identity development, relationships, work/school stress, and other mental health concerns. Some of Juliann’s clinical interests include Asian American mental health, LGBTQIA+ and multicultural concerns, families impacted by mental illness, and college student populations.
Juliann practices therapy from a relational-cultural foundation using an intersectional lens. She recognizes the unique strengths, values and lived experiences that every client brings, and she strives to partner with clients to best meet their needs. Juliann has experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and attachment theory. She upholds a commitment to respecting client self-determination, building strong therapeutic alliances, supporting continuous personal growth, as well as valuing social justice and empowerment in her clinical work.
Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Juliann served as a chapter director and mental health practitioner for children and families affected by cancer through the organization Camp Kesem. Juliann also worked as a behavioral therapist for children and young adults living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in San Diego. While completing her MSW, Juliann interned at The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan, where she provided sliding-scale therapy to adults as well as co-facilitated a Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group. Juliann also interned at a psychiatric hospital in Guangzhou, China. Aside from providing therapy, Juliann is currently a post-MSW research fellow at the University of Michigan conducting research on psychosis, mental health stigma, suicidality and cultural barriers to care.