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- trauma (sexual abuse, domestic violence, childhood neglect, and abuse)
- couples and communication
- premarital counseling (Emily is Prepare and Enrich certified)
- addiction and substance use
- sexual identity
- family conflict
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
“God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.” -Henri Nouwen
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
Many of my clients schedule a counseling appointment because they are looking for answers. However, I believe you already bring many of those answers with you! Whether you’re an adult, a teen, or a child, you are the expert in your own life.
I am passionate about using both individual therapy and couples counseling to unlock those answers and find the things you need to heal.
I immediately try to look for ways to help bring relief, while diving deeper into the roots of any pain you and your partner may carry. I often find Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy to be a helpful technique for healing the wounded “parts” of ourselves and achieving mental balance.
My hope is that the change you and your partner experience is not only for this season but is something to carry into the future. I offer the flexibility of in-person therapy appointments during the evenings, and online counseling sessions during the day so that you can attend to your mental health needs while continuing to live your busy life.
What to Expect in Therapy
Whether you’ve been to therapy in the past or if this is your first time, coming to counseling can be daunting. Our first meeting is a great time to get to know each other and understand what has brought you here. You’re welcome to ask me questions, since I believe it’s important for counseling to be a comfortable relationship. One of my top priorities in the first few sessions is to make sure I really get what is happening for you or your loved one, and that you feel safe and comfortable taking the journey forward together.
When first getting started, it’s pretty typical for things to feel messy at first, before you begin to experience clarity or relief. You are a complicated person with an important past and it can feel confusing to know where to start. If you’re coming for couples or family counseling, things can feel even more complicated. But I look forward to entering the mess with you! Doing the work that counseling requires takes effort and courage, and I commend you for taking this step.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have a Master’s degree in counseling from Denver Seminary and am pursuing full licensure in the state of Colorado. Prior to entering the counseling field, I enjoyed seven years working in a non-profit in Cambodia helping low-income women who were first-time moms. I found that I was particularly drawn to working with the women who were struggling with addiction, suicidality, trauma, and depression. These women taught me that a crisis can be a transformational time in our lives if we choose to make it so. I began learning about trauma early on in my career and continue to learn as much as I can about it to help you through yours.
I began learning about trauma early on in my career and continue to learn as much as I can about it to help you through yours. I am trained in EMDR therapy which is not only a helpful approach to trauma but can help you feel less stuck in other areas of life as well.
It is a privilege for me to spend my days being a small part of your lives, and for an hour each week to help you make sense of the pain and suffering you are experiencing. I find it an incredible honor to journey with men, women, children, couples, and families as they face hard times in their lives. I am under the supervision of a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) counselor and so I bring this approach into my work with individuals, couples, and families. EFT provides a helpful framework to grow closer to your partner and to become unstuck in your cycles of conflict. It also provides a helpful lens for approaching grief and attachment wounds you may carry.
Having grown up overseas in Cambodia, I love to travel and try foods from all over the world. (I’m currently looking for a great Mediterranean place close to home, and I was recently delighted to find a great bubble tea spot!).
In my spare time, I enjoy playing pickleball, going on walks, and hiking. I’ve also discovered a newfound interest in true crime podcasts!