Emily holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication. She is dually licensed in Utah and Iowa and serves both Spanish and English-speaking clients. Emily was drawn to this profession by means of her own journey, which gifted her the fortunate opportunity to access struggle, hardship, and loss. Emily believes as humans, it is not a matter of ‘if’ we will encounter these less glamorous aspects of life, but ‘when’. Each of us has the innate capacity to work through these moments of change and transformation although, at times, that truth may feel impossible, false, or inadequate. As a practicing clinical therapist, Emily’s intention is to collaborate with her clients to support their own inner power to regain control in their lives within a nonjudgmental and confidential safe space. In fostering her clients’ unique abilities together through exploration, processing, and individualized modalities, it is Emily’s goal to empower each client to aspire to their full potential.
Emily’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, self-esteem, relationship issues, and anger management/emotional regulation. Emily has previous experience working with a broad age range of clients (from ages 5 - 70+) as well as family systems, couples, immigrant, refugee, and Spanish-speaking populations. Emily is trained in Bowen Family Systems, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the Gottman Method, Play Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches. Having worked with both individuals and family systems, Emily knows that, often, the issues we seek support for affect (and are affected by) the types of connections we have with others. Emily carries her experience working with both macro and micro systems into her practice to engage in both top-down and bottom-up pathways for change.
Emily enjoys being grounded in the vastness of nature, whether it be in the form of hiking, rock climbing, yoga, camping, and open water diving. She is passionate about fostering community connection as well as personal empowerment through movement and holds a first-degree blackbelt in TaeKwonDo and loves to Latin dance in her spare time.