“My goal is to teach my clients to be their own therapist so that their therapy can be short term, and they will learn life-long skills to improve their mental health!”

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Julie L. Osborn, LCSW, Psy.D

Dr. Julie Osborn has been in practice for over 25 years, she specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is the most effective and well studied modality of psychotherapy.  She worked at UCI Neuropsychiatric Center in Orange, CA for over 10 years.  Dr. Osborn is a Certified TEAM Therapist: LEVEL 2 and has been featured on many reputable publications such as the OC Metro and the OC Register as well as been invited as a guest therapist on the Dr. Phil Show. In 2006 Dr. Osborn was included in Empires “Who’s Who Honors Edition 2005-2006 for Outstanding Professionals in their field”.  Dr. Osborn lives & practices in Irvine, CA.

Giving back to the community is an important aspect to Julie’s practice. She volunteers for Families Forward in Irvine offering counseling to families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as “Give an Hour”, as a referral for Veterans and their families to serve Veterans who serve us,since 2009.

Meet Julie

A therapist who really cares about her patients and gives you the tools to help yourself.

A Little Bit About My Services

Dr. Julie’s welcoming and introductory video.

Featured on Dr. Phil

Recommend by Dr. Phil as a premiere cognitive behavioral therapist.


– Julie L. Osborn, LCSW, Psy.D

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is about taking action to reduce or eliminate your symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, anger, guilt, shame or other issues you may be experiencing in your life.

The word cognitive means your thought processes and the theory of CBT is that your thoughts and beliefs create your moods which effect your behavior and physical reactions. It is like a babies mobile, you can’t have one of these aspects of yourself going on without the other. CBT also includes looking at your environment and how it may be influencing your moods.

CBT teaches you to be your own therapist, so when distressing situations occur you will learn how to figure out what you are thinking and challenge your thoughts whether they are true or not and develop new thoughts. It is like retraining your brain! It is important to remember that just because you think something doesn’t mean that it is true. Thoughts only have as much power as you give them! Dr. Aaron Beck pioneered CBT in the early 1960’s. CBT has been shown to be the most effective and well studied theory of psychotherapy due to decades of clinical trials with positive results.

If you are looking for TOOLS to get better than CBT is for you. I see that clients are getting more educated about therapy and seeking out CBT because they have read how successful it works or know others who have benefited from CBT. I continue to meet new clients who have already been to therapists and say they want tools and not just support to be able to feel better. That’s what I teach my clients, tools!

In my practice I use the workbook called “Mind Over Mood” by Dr. Dennis Greenberger and Dr. Christine Padesky. It is an excellent way to learn CBT tools and allows my clients to continue learning new skills between sessions. The tools and new skills learned from CBT…WILL LAST A LIFETIME!

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Depression comes in many forms from mild to severe, the sooner you get help the better.  Most of us minimize sad moods we are having, a good way to measure whether or not you should seek out help is if you feel sad/depressed for more than 2 weeks.  Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself is a good first step.  Depression is not something you have to live with, learning the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will give you life long tools to create the life you want and not feel like you are pulling around a ball and chain any longer.  Knowing that our thoughts create our moods make it possible to make the changes you hope for.  Feeling sad at times is normal, we want to be able to feel many emotions, we just don’t want them to hold us back from having the life we desire.


Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in our country, it is understandable knowing all the stressors we deal with daily in our individual relationships, work and the world.  A little anxiety can help us get things done, the problem is when your anxiety is managing your life instead of you managing your anxiety.  Learning how to identify and really understand what anxiety is , is the first step to becoming well.  Clients with anxiety share that the uncertainty is what scares them the most, having tools to deal with uncertainty allows you to decrease or eliminate the anxiety that is holding you back.


Working one on one in therapy can be very beneficial by having a safe place to talk without judgment and is also a courageous first step to change.   I say courageous because many of my clients share how hard it was to make that first phone call and how they saw themselves as weak needing help.  It is your therapy and you get to choose whatever is most important to you to focus on.


Sometimes we start going through unexpected changes or a new life stage and we just don’t know how to handle it.  We may feel like we have tried everything and nothing is helping us get out of our funk.  That’s a good time to come in for therapy and get help figuring things out.  Therapy is not just for crisis situations, if you come in when you start to struggle you can avoid the crisis and have new tools to manage your new life.

Is There Life After Death

Dan’s Testimonial

While the answer, of course, is yes … it’s not the type of Yes that I’d ever imagined. What it is not, is fluffy clouds, pearly gates and seeing Grandma again. What it is, is even better.

Before my death, everyone who knew me thought of me as happy. I knew exactly how to perform, how to appear happy. Sometimes I even believed that I could fool myself. I was a joke-telling, happy-coated, sugar covered, middle aged man. The “me” that I knew however, lived in a very gray world. Occasionally recurring feelings of depression would come on stronger than usual, tears would flow and bed was something I was physically unable to get out of. If you haven’t been there, it can be impossible to believe. When truly pressed, I could slap on some happy and present my face to friends, family and coworkers, never letting anyone know of the abyss from which I was unable to escape. That is, until the day my death began.

It started with a meeting at work. I was told that there would be no assistant hired to help me, no pay raise to compensate for the hours I put in, and that I was expected to somehow magically, “make it work.” I got halfway back to my office before my breath left me, my energy evaporated and I no longer had the strength to simply walk through plain air. I called a doctor who had helped me cope with a family tragedy two years before, and stated that I had to leave. Not leave work, I explained, I had to leave life. I advised that I “knew” it was the only solution. The doctor asked if I would quickly meet in their office first. I said yes.

A 5150 and antidepressant prescription later, I landed in the office of Dr. Julie Osborn. She explained Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to me. I believe she might have told me about the work ahead, the path I would take, and the benefits of CBT. I mostly remember thinking, “I am sure, Dr. Osborn, that you believe what you can do will help me, but you will learn that I am beyond help and then we can both go home.” Well …some months later I can tell you, don’t let that smile and calm demeanor fool you, the woman is therapy of steel! She never gave up on me, even though I had.

CBT was work, hard work. It is work, and effort, and worthwhile, and life saving. CBT was the CPR that gave me Life after death. At first I thought the process of deconstructing each depressive, negative, self-depreciating thought was going to kick my butt. However, Dr. Osborn delivered the therapy in measurable, manageable doses. And CBT made sense. Even though my emotions were at best, unreliable at that time … logic didn’t fail me. Dr. Osborn explained both how, and why, CBT worked. And in bits and pieces, slowly, but consistently, it began to work for me. I was amazed and intrigued at my early, tiny successes, the bits and pieces in the day that contained actual happiness. These gave me the strength and hope I lacked before, and enabled me to keep pushing forward.

To emerge from a life time of gray, gray, and more gray and suddenly see color, actually feel happy, really enjoy the company of friends and family … this is Life. This is MY Life. This is my everyday now. It can be impossible to see through someone’s coating of happiness because, from the outside, it looks just like the real thing. We can fool everyone but ourselves with it. If you are wearing that coating right now, reading this story right now, then you understand exactly what I mean. Maybe you can also understand that it’s time for your own Life to begin.


– Julie L. Osborn, LCSW, Psy.D

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What Is Said About Me

I have been to a few therapists and have never found one that I felt was able to help me like Dr. Osborn has. Her professionalism and knowledge in her field got me feeling better about myself and understanding how to cope and deal with situations that happen in everyday life.


“My family and I had the honor of meeting Dr. Osborn while she was still at UCI and have since witnessed her develop a flourishing practice. Her approach to dealing with life’s issues has been extremely helpful in mending some wounds that weren’t healed in other forms of therapy. We are very grateful for all she has done to get us all on track and focus on what we should direct our minds to think about on a daily basis. I would call upon Dr. Osborn immediately if I needed some of her highly trained guidance and experience.“

Denise F.

She is one of the most down to earth, no-nonsense persons I know, and I highly recommend her to begin the process of change through therapy.


I have worked with many psychotherapists over the past thirty years and by far Julie Osborn, is one of the top clinicians I know.


Julie genuinely cares about her clients, and it shows, not just with my daughter but I see it with the people leaving her office.


I have consulted with Dr. Osborn for over 20 years and place her in the top 5 experts in CBT that I have known in my nearly 4 decades as a psychologist.  Long before I closed my private practice to join the US Army, she became my #1 referral resource in Southern California.  Her skills and caring demeanor give me the confidence and assurance that all of her clients are in good hands.

MAJ Mike MastersUS Army Psychologist

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Dr. Osborn specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the most effective and well studied modality of psychotherapy.
Her clients include adults, couples, families & adolescents. Dr. Osborn teaches her clients to be their own therapists so their therapy can be short-term and they will learn lifelong skills to improve their mental health!