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M.A., Unlicensed Psychotherapist
- Women’s issues
- Teens and Young Adults
- Life Transitions
- Spiritual Development
- Identity Formation
- premarital counseling (Emma is SYMBIS certified)
- M.A. Unlicensed Psychotherapist
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I believe each person is designed uniquely and with a great deal of value. But when things become painful or confusing, we can often lose sight of our way, and our worth. As a counselor, I truly believe that working through those painful moments can bring about profound healing. I am honored when my clients entrust me with their stories, and invite me to walk with them during difficult times. My therapeutic approach is one that is centered around relationship and getting to fully know and understand my clients. My desire is to provide a safe space where you feel empathized with, cared for, valued, and not judged.
You have a story that matters, and I am here to walk alongside you, and to support you in making sense of your story. Life is hard, and at times that makes our stories messy. Through our time together, I want to partner with you as you find healing, so you leave each time with practical tools to equip you to face real life.
When working with children and adolescents, each child’s story is one that matters and deserves to be honored. I strive to understand each young person’s family system and story to the fullest, to help them overcome trials and painful experiences.
What to Expect in Therapy
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 147:2, “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” God is a God of healing and restoration, and I believe that counseling is a beautiful avenue to pursue that healing and restoration.
The first step of coming to therapy is a brave act. As your therapist, my goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows you to feel heard and understood. My approach in therapy is one that is collaborative, meaning we will work together to determine therapeutic treatment goals to bring you freedom and empowerment. My style is relational, and I will tailor my counseling approach to your individual needs.
I will partner with you to work through life’s difficulties in order to move closer to your true identity. Through our time together, I will strive to provide tools and strategies that will challenge and encourage you to step into greater growth and healing.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Behavioral Health and minors in both Counseling and Christian Studies. This degree led me to where I am currently, Denver Seminary, pursuing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While in school and in- between programs, I’ve been a caretaker for young people of all ages and personalities. I was also on the student leadership team at my university, mentoring young adults. This is where my love for counseling and children and adolescents meshed into one.
When someone asks me what my hobbies and interests are, I normally respond with “being with the people I love.” My family and friends are a few of the things I value most in life; therefore, my time is centered around being with them. This includes anything from finding fun coffee shops, trying a new workout class, being outside, or simply enjoying each other’s presence.
My husband, Sam, works at the local church as the Groups Pastor, and partnering alongside him is one of my greatest joys. We love the local church and being a part of our community!
But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. –C.S. Lewis
When pain is to be born, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all. ― C.S. Lewis
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