My Counseling Philosophy
When an individual reaches out for help, I believe they have already taken the first step toward recovery. As you begin your journey towards healing, I recognize the great courage it takes to come to therapy. It is my primary goal to create a safe, trusting, and collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that although life’s challenges are difficult, they can teach us important lessons about ourselves that we would not have learned otherwise. Our past experiences do not have to define us, nor do they need to define our future. I strongly believe that each of us have the power to change and create the life that we want. The answers to your problems are already within you, you just need to know how to access them. As your therapist, my desire is to guide you on your journey of self-discovery, work with you to establish goals for change, teach you skills and coping strategies, help you form loving and healthy relationships, and help you create a life of meaning and purpose.
Emily graduated with honors from Indiana Wesleyan University, receiving her Master of Arts (MA) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Hawaii and was nominated into the National Honorary Society of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Family Science, with a minor in Psychology. In her graduate work, she received specialty training in postpartum depression/anxiety and is certified in perinatal mood disorders. She has also received additional training in grief and loss, infidelity, mindfulness, ADHD, and addictions.
Emily is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an active member of the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She is affiliated with Postpartum Support International (PSI), and has been instrumental in the launch of the Indiana Chapter of PSI. In addition, she is actively involved with the Indiana Maternal Mental Health Coalition and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Finally, she is a therapist/consultant facilitating online classes for Break of Dawn International, on a variety of therapeutic topics specific to women’s mental health.
Emily has been married to her best friend and husband for 25 years and is the mother of two sets of twins. Having personally experienced infertility for 7 years and then postpartum depression/anxiety after giving birth to both sets of twins, Emily truly understands the challenges and stresses of becoming a mother and the adjustment on a marriage relationship from becoming parents. It is her hope that she can provide individuals and couples the understanding and support they need, particularly during the reproductive years and through significant life transitions.
Emily enjoys learning/continuing education, teaching, traveling, camping, going to the beach, reading, listening to music, and walking. Emily loves spending time with family and friends, as well as watching her children in their various sports and performing arts activities. She is also very active in her church and enjoys serving in the community.
Areas of Expertise
Emily uses a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach in working with her clients. The therapeutic approaches used in therapy include: Family/Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), Person Centered Therapy (PCT), and Structural techniques. She also incorporates attachment theory, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology when treating Individuals, couples, adolescents, and families for issues related to:
- Attachment injuries
- Sexual Issues
- Life Transitions
- Marital Conflict/Communication
- Infidelity/Divorce/Trust Issues
- Family of origin issues
- Self-esteem/Identity Issues
- Addiction recovery
*Specialized in Women's Mental Health and Women's Reproductive Mental Health issues:
- Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
- Pregnancy/Pregnancy Loss
- Birth Trauma
- Sexual Desire and Dysfunction
- Adjustment to motherhood
- Parenting issues and education
*Enjoys facilitating Psychoeducational therapy groups on various topics; primary focus on prevention and positive psychology.
*Faith based counseling, per request.