About Me

Julia Schiffman, MSW.“Julia’s outlook, her direct and warm presence, and her education as a psychotherapist, combine to empower clients to find purpose and reignite their passion for life.” -Colleague

While I am not a San Diego native, I have made San Diego my home and where I have found community. I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker which means my training was rooted in social justice and the belief in the value of our innate humanity. I believe in a holistic approach to care; where good health involves the “whole” person, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I also believe there is room for serious work and laughter to coexist in the therapeutic process.

A question I’m often asked is, “Is this really okay to talk about? (No, I mean REALLY?)”

My answer is, “Yes!” My goal is to rid you of the shame holding you back from learning more about you and your relationships.

I create the space to talk about intimate topics while providing a gentle, guiding hand. I tailor treatment to each individual and couple based on their unique needs and identified goals.

What I love most about my work is seeing how much my clients grow throughout this process and realizing they had the strength within them the whole time to succeed.

We will work as a team to identify and address your concerns and needs for healthy growth to occur. No issue is too big or too small for you to be affirmed and understood.

I am currently supervised by Dr. Anne Goshen (LCSW 7839)

Community Involvement:

Center For Positive Sexuality
Outreach Coordinator

Center For Positive Sexuality
Conference Planning Committee

Sex Positive San Diego
Ethical Non-Monogamy Group Facilitator


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA
09/2015 - 05/2017
Master of Social Work

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
09/2009 - 08/2013
Theology and Religious Studies


  • National Association of Social Works (NASW)
  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
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