Who We Are
Owner & Lead Therapist
I love to facilitate reflective yet practical therapy that has the potential to bring about long-term benefits. I come to this work with ten+ years of experience in the trauma and education fields after having lived and worked in Southeast Europe and Western Asia as part of refugee, terrorism, trafficking, domestic violence, and trauma response teams.
I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, an M.A. in International Development, and post-graduate training in relevant areas such as complex trauma, grief, attachment, affective neuroscience, and early childhood mental health. I'm EMDR-trained through EMDRIA, a NARM®-Informed Professional, and a Circle of Security® Parenting™ Facilitator.
I believe it's a privilege that I get to be a therapist every day and I truly respect what goes into the process of entrusting your story to someone else - even if it's just for one hour each week. My hope for those I work with is that they will leave therapy with more self-kindness, self-knowledge, helpful tools, and a sense of resilience and recovery that will continue to serve them as they move forward in life.
Get to Know Me
I'm not originally from the U.S. but the PNW is now considered home.
I'm a mom to one human and one fluffy dog - sometimes the latter appears in sessions!
I love getting lost in fiction, repeat-playing Last of Us, salty early mornings on the ferry, and finding undiscovered pockets in local towns.
I know starting your therapy journey can be uncomfortable, perhaps even scary, and so one of my primary intentions is to bring as much ease to this process as possible. I focus on collaborating with you to create a relationship that's built on non-judgment and genuine connection. I meet you where you are in your journey rather than where I want you to go - from there, we then get to be curious about your hopes for our time together, building a way forward that will promote your healing and mental well-being.
As part of supporting you, I integrate tools from cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-commitment therapies, solution-focused approaches, and EMDR. While I love to walk alongside all different types of client journeys, I have a particular passion for working with survivors of narcissistic relationships and other relational, familial, and sexual traumas.
I have an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, six+ years of experience working in the mental health field, am EMDR-trained through EMDRIA, and have an interest in building knowledge around somatic therapies. I began my journey in the foster care/dependency system, after which I transitioned to helping therapy-seekers get connected with services in the midst of crisis and emotional distress, and, since then, have focused on supporting clients in private practice.
Emily provides services via telehealth only so she can support you no matter where you are in WA State.
She is licensed in both WA and FL as an LMHCA and RMHCI, respectively.
Emily is on the exciting pathway to independent licensure. She receives supervision through Dr. Tanya Johnson and team consultation through Acorn Therapy.
Scheduling, Billing, Records
Our support staff, Kristl and Dottie, provide front- and back-office coordination including new client communication and onboarding, scheduling and cancelations, billing, and other week-to-week tasks that help us to continue supporting you. They are passionate about providing access to mental health care and helping clients understand how to navigate the systems that often stand in the way of receiving support.