Dr. Julie Lopez, PhD

EMDR Certified Therapist

About Me

As a 28 year veteran of the mental health field, I have enjoyed offering EMDR for 21 of those years. I am an adult adoptee and have created specialized protocols for effectively desensitizing and reprocessing pre verbal and pre conscious stumbling blocks in the unconscious. This is effective for adopted people, those impacted by intergenerational trauma and those with family of origin struggles around abuse and neglect.

Education & Experience

BS - engineering, MSW - masters in social work, PhD social work. I am a trauma expert, most known for my work with implicit memory, sexual abuse recovery and work with the adoption constellation. I am the founder of the Viva Center in Washington, DC a leader in the non-verbal therapeutic scene. (EMDR, BSP, SE, expressive therapies, etc)

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers, The Sonrise Project, Holy Trinity Maria Madre program, Plenty to eat, Entrepreneurly,

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Adoption
  • Moral Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Group
  • LGBTQ+


  • English
  • Spanish