Branded as “Oprah for the Office” and “The Anger Lady” by her clients, Julie has been compared to the likes of Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield. An internationally recognized speaker, and published author, Julie brings close to 20 years experience in group and individual counselling. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology, and teaches Psychology at George Brown College. Julie created the Anger Solutions™ Program, which has been delivered to both secular and faith-based organizations throughout Ontario. Anger Solutions has expanded beyond Ontario’s borders and is now in use in several cities across Canada and internationally. As an expert on anger and stress, Julie is a sought after guest expert for print, television, and radio media. Her passion lies in helping people to create radical, positive, and lasting change through her coaching, training, and corporate programs – all provided by her company, Leverage U. She is the author of Top Ten Lists to Live By (1998), Getting Past Your Past (Audio, 1999), Anger Solutions (2003), When the Last Straw Falls: 30 Ways to Keep Stress from Breaking Your Back (2010), and Bullying is Not a Game: A Parents’ Survival Guide (2012).
Industry Expertise (3)
Mental Health Care
Areas of Expertise (7)
Bullying and Harassment
Nominee Finalist Women of Distinction (professional)
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Award Recipient Niagara's 40 under 40 (professional)
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University of Ottawa: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/English 1991
Yorkville University: Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology 2011
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
- International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
- Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology
Leann Daigle, Career Development Professional | BTT Conference Edmonton, Alberta
Hi Julie, It was such a pleasure to meet you at the team building workshop and then to see you in action presenting. I wanted to let you know that myself, and three other co-workers were impressed with your presentation. Not only was it funny, but we appreciated coming out of there with actual tools that we could implement right away. I was so keen I went home, and over a glass of wine, try out the power questions and E+R=O on my husband who was wrangling with a problem. It was amazing to see the lights go off in his mind as he was having an aha moment. It also gave me the confidence to try them out with my clients.
Frank Kelly, Manager | VPI Inc.
Thank you so for sharing your expertise. You certainly exceeded my expectations, and I can confirm that those to whom I spoke later were equally laudable about the whole workshop presentation. A credit to you for quickly sizing your audience, using humour, and good every day examples to highlight your points. Your style and content were very much in sync with the group. Thank you again Julie, I will keep in touch and keep up the excellent work
Dorothy Griffith, Sales Consultant | Healthscreen Solutions Inc.
“Well before the seminar, Julie performed a needs assessment of our facility and used our responses to tailor a (program) specific to our operations. She designed her program to complement our workplace dynamics and to build on our strengths. Throughout the sessions, she encouraged group participation and promoted fun, laughter, and camaraderie. We have all noticed a more relaxed atmosphere, with greater unity and cooperation among one another. Julie’s positive attitude and passion for her work are contagious, and she has the gift of imparting complex concepts in simple digestive terms. I highly recommend her Stress-Busters course!”
Jack McKiernan, President | Kiwanis Club St. Catharines
“Thank you for your address to our club today. Your discussion was exceptional. The members learned new information about anger management in an informative and entertaining manner. We came away feeling better about ourselves knowing we now had some skills to attack this very important business problem.”
Event Appearances (6)
Superior Health and Safety Conference Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Leverage, The New Motivation
Building Tomorrow Today: 15th Annual Regional Consultation for Career Development Edmonton, Alberta
Overcoming Conflict Anger and Negativity in the Workplace*
North East Probation and Parole Conference Sudbury, Ontario
When the Last Straw Falls: Creating Your Unique Stress Management Plan
Futures Conference Collingwood, Ontario
The Anger Solutions Alternative
International Conference of Alternative Medicine Toronto, Ontario
Anger Just Doesn't Work
NATCON 2010 Toronto, Ontario
Sample Talks (1)
Passion is defined as "a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything." It is the fire in your belly. We find passion in what we do, how we do it, who we do it for, and why we do it. This keynote session proposes three ways in which employees and employers can come together to ignite the spark of passion in the workplace.
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- Author Appearance
- Corporate Training
Research Focus (1)
COUPLING OF TEMPERAMENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN FOUR AGE GROUPS
Studies of temperament profiles in patients with mental disorders mostly focus on emotionality-related traits, although mental illness symptoms include emotional and nonemotional aspects of behavioral regulation. This study investigates relationships between 12 temperament traits (9 nonemotionality and 3 emotionality related) measured by the Structure of Temperament Questionnaire and four groups of clinical symptoms (depression, anxiety, antisociality, and dominance-mania) measured by the Personality Assessment Inventory. The study further examines age differences in relationships among clinical symptoms and temperament traits. Intake records of 335 outpatients and clients divided into four age groups (18–25, 26–45, 46–65, and 66–85) showed no significant age differences on depression scales; however, the youngest group had significantly higher scores on Anxiety, Antisocial Behavior, Dominance, and Thought Disorders scales. Correlations between Personality Assessment Inventory and Structure of Temperament Questionnaire scales were consistent with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, descriptors showing strong concurrent validity. Several age differences on temperament scales are also reported. Results show the benefits of differentiation between physical, social-verbal, and mental aspects of activities, as well as differentiation between dynamical, orientational, and energetic aspects in studying mental illness and temperament. Coupling of Temperament with Mental Illness in Four Age Groups | Request PDF. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/302375217_Coupling_of_Temperament_with_Mental_Illness_in_Four_Age_Groups [accessed Jun 14 2018].
Anger Solutions Facilitator Boot Camp
The Anger Solutions™ Program was developed by Julie Christiansen, MA over 4 years of study and practical use. It has been delivered to over 100 agencies across Ontario for over 8 years, and is currently in use by various corrections-based, addictions and recovery, and social service agencies across Ontario, in the Maritimes, in the Western provinces, as well as internationally. The program has 11 modules and is designed to run as an 8, 10, or 12 week group program. The success rate of this program is exceptional (steady at just over 80%), and for all committed participants who complete and follow through on the processes, there is a marked increase in quality of life and higher self-esteem as a result of fewer occurrences of undesired “angry” behaviours, lower recidivism rates, incorporation of more appropriate methods for expressing anger, improved communication skills, increased employability, and higher assertiveness levels.
Anger Solutions Train the Trainer
Three-Day Intensive will prepare you to train other Anger Solutions Facilitators in your agency or in your community.