The more we can connect with our true self, the more we can find peace, joy, and fulfillment in life.

– Richard Schwartz

The cry we hear from deep in our hearts, comes from the wounded child within. Healing this inner child's pain is the key to transforming anger, sadness, and fear.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Are you seeking a transformative shift in your life yet find yourself uncertain about the next step? Have you ever pondered the origins of your reactions within your closest relationships? 

Do you recognize certain internal "parts" that evoke frustration, though their triggers remain elusive? Are the echoes of past experiences casting shadows on your present, holding you back from your desired future?

We all embark on the journey of life at the same starting point. We travel down the road before us, trying to carve out a path that will lead us to the kind of life that will bring us joy. 

However, there are times when that path leads us off the course of connection and fulfillment, and into the unexpected. 

Whether you're navigating the challenging terrain of intricate relationships, coping with intense emotional responses, or grappling with emotional distress, there's a path to emerge and regain your footing. I know it feels daunting now, but that is why you are here. 

At Ancient Sage, I employ the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic approach to facilitate a deeper understanding of various aspects within you, including protective elements and inner childlike components. This journey enables you to realign with the path toward transformation and meaningful connections. 

We will collaborate closely to gain profound insights into the parts of you facing challenges, unravel their root causes, and facilitate the healing of wounded aspects that may be hindering your journey towards becoming the person you aspire to be. 

If you're ready to get back on the path that leads to a more fulfilling and connected life, then you've come to the right place. Reach out to me today, and in partnership, we will embark on a purposeful journey towards guiding you back to a path that resonates with your true self and brings about a greater sense of fulfillment. 

I offer your first full session free of charge. Contact me today to hear more.

Inspirational Quotes

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.

Brené Brown

To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. 

David Whyte

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barrack Obama

It's a journey, and we all have a role to play.

Andrea Jenkins

Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives.

Mary Oliver

The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings. 

Mary Oliver

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do.

Brené Brown

I'm telling the world who I am so that I never get the chance to forget.


My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Desmond Tutu

About Julie Cooley (She/Her)

I am a passionate, trauma-informed, and multiculturally competent practitioner with a deep commitment to LGBTQIA+, two-spirit affirming, and anti-racist approaches, specializing in Internal Family Systems (IFS). As a Level 2 trained IFS practitioner and coach who founded Ancient Sage, I work with individuals aged thirteen and older, collaborating with them through both the joyful moments and challenges of fostering a deep self-connection and facilitating their transformative journey. I provide a brave and grounded space, rooted in self-energy, where clients can explore and navigate their inner world. Grounded in experiential and relational practices, my practice encourages clients to embrace self-energy, cultivating qualities like compassion, creativity, curiosity, confidence, clarity, calmness, courage, and connection. It is important to note that I am not a licensed psychotherapist, so I do not diagnose or treat. Discover more about my practitioner profile at the IFS Institute.

I offer your first full session free of charge. Contact me today to hear more. 

The Guest House

by Jalaluddin Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Let's connect and get started!