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National TV Appearance on Secretly Pregnant on Nov. 3 on Discovery Health

Tune in Nov. 3rd 8PM MT to Discovery Fit & Health

No. I’m not secretly pregnant. Several months ago I got a call from a casting company asking if I’d be willing to do some pro bono therapy with a woman in Salt Lake for a women’s health documentary show about women who are hiding their pregnancies. I agreed and the next day a producer, crew, and new client “Jen” came to Wasatch Family Therapy to film the first of 2 sessions for the show. Would you let a camera crew sit in on your therapy session? Surprisingly, after a while I forgot they were even there and was really able to connect with and help “Jen”.

Here’s a little clip from behind the scenes.


Here’s more about the show:

Each episode of “Secretly Pregnant” follows the experiences of two women who, for various reasons, have hidden their pregnancies from their family, friends, boyfriends and/or bosses, and follows them through the emotional reveal of their secret and the aftermath that includes the birth of the baby.

Local therapist Julie Hanks, LCSW and Salt Lake City resident “Jen” will be appearing on the November 3 episode of Discovery Fit & Health’s new series “Secretly Pregnant.” As part of the episode Hanks will be providing therapy, with the cameras rolling, for Jen who is hiding her pregnancy due to fears that stem from the traumatic stillbirth of a previous pregnancy.

Here’s more about the show on Discovery Health

Watch the episode trailer

Peek behind the scenes during the shoot

About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to TV Shows and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available. Dr. Hanks is currently accepting coaching clients.



I just watched the episode with Jen. My heart really goes out to her. I would like to connect with her on FB if that is even possible. I am a complete stranger to her but was touched by her story of being in foster homes and feelings of abandonment. Julie really seems like a calming influence, I love your gentle and understanding approach. I will activly seek out Julie’s work in the future. I really liked the show. As you can see…


I was really touched by Jen. I lost my only daughter last year 3 days before she was to start her senior year at 17. I know loss, i also know how hard it is for people to talk to me or know what to say to me. I also know how harmful facebook has been to my mental health. all these familys in their happy homes, great marriages, beautiful kids, amazing lifes! I have none of that and it eats at me and it depresses me, angers me and i have spent way too much time letting their silence towards me as they update their perfect lives rule my feelings and life. My mother always told me the internet is the devil…lol but it really is! Jen, never look for virtual hugs, friendship and family is real! Talk to them and let them really hug you! They will hold your hand as long as they know you understand that they dont know what to say to you. I almost let facebook destroy what is left of me after losing my daughter please dont let that happen to you. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family! You are all in my prayers!

Stephenie Brackeen

After watching the episode with Jen, I’m truly shocked at the response of her “friends”. I don’t agree with letting people in your life “finding out” personal struggles in your life through Facebook. My heart breaks at the lack respect and connection she has with her friends and family. Without knowing Jen, I can only imagine she is a wonderful mother and more of a friend than her “friends” can even strive to be.


I was so touched by Jen’s story. I know that i’m a total stranger but i would like to get in touch with her thru facebook.


I was also touched by Jen’s story that aired on TLC. I have a strikingly similar story and I’d like to get in touch with her. I’m not sure how to. What she has gone through is nothin short of difficult, I know that first hand. I also know not that many women have experienced still birth so late in pregnancy. My husband and I lost our son at 39 weeks. I would really like to get in touch!


Agree with all those above — I found your blog by doing a search to try to find a way to contact this woman. Her story brought me to tears, and my heart really goes out to her (as Patty said above). We would love to be in touch with her as well; if there is a best way to reach her that you know of, please let us know. Will try emailing Discovery somehow also. What a sweet and wonderful woman. Thanks for sharing this.


i am currently watching Jen’s story as is has only just been aired in the uk over the past week and i am so touched and instally when Jen mentioned facebook i got me laptop and have been searching with no luck to find Jen and find out how she and her family are doing after the show has left her. I myself have not lost a child and can never imagin the pain but i know that no matter how “strange” it would feel if it ever happened to anyone i know i would be there 100% for them if and when they needed me. i am disgusted with the way her “friends” recated, people are far too selfish thses days and think about what if, so what if you dont no what to say show that you are their all you need to do is listen and if something is said that may not be right most people do understand. Im so please that baby Joe is home and they are all happy at the end of the show but really like to know how Jen is getting on in herself as she seems like such a lovely person

i send my love to the family


Dear JULIE – this is in regard to the episode with JEN whom I just saw (airing 2013). I loved your presence and the way you empathized with JEN yet I would just like to say how ANGRY I felt and hurt for JEN that so-called friends couldn’t be bothered to get past their own discomfort and reach out to her. She is truly a strong and forgiving young woman who deserves better and who has a sweet kind spirit that touched my heart. I have been where she’s at, not for the same reason… but have experienced abandonment in both childhood and adulthood. I think those of us who have gone through rejection at young ages try not to BOTHER anyone or expect much from them. My feelings aside, I hope that the people in JEN’s life are truly sincere and have learned to put their selfish tendencies aside and behave like authentic people who can have compassion for the sufferings of other people. They are all fortunate that JEN is who she is and believes in second chances ~ JEN is a JEWEL!
If you are still practicing in the SLC area I will keep your information and pass it along through my community mental health network which is nationwide and global. Thank you.


how do they explain the camera crew being there ….

Dr. Julie Hanks

LAS, I’m not sure what you are asking. “Jen” knew that they would be filming her journey when she signed up for the show, and I, as the therapists, signed a document authorizing filming of those sessions.

mikki whitney

Hi, Im really sorry for everything that is going on- i know exactly how you feel and i think we could really connect. If you would like to contact me so we can talk my facebook is Mikki Whitney. I’ve tried looking you up and contacting you but ive had no luck… Please message me, Im from North Carolina and i have a 3 yr old that was born 3 months early. Keep your head up and please message me..

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