HOW I WORK:
My primary aim is to be of value to you in every session. I endeavor to add quality to your experience and to help you take a step toward your goals every time we meet.
First I check any pre-conceptions
I might have before I meet with anyone. I like to put myself in a non-judgemental stance of acceptance, openness and what I like to call “beginner's mind”. I use all of the skill, experience and training I have to meet my clients where they are, to understand how you think/ feel and how your situation effects you. I like to practice going “under the hood” to perceive not only what is being said (content) but also how it is being said and what emotions might be underneath the words that are spoken in session. My joy
is to help find the most practical solutions to your concerns that I could possibly find in the shortest time possible. My goal is for you to be independent and to live the life that you may have only dreamt was possible for yourself.
Clients come in with different needs: Some people really need someone to listen to their story and this being heard is where the big change happens. Others need gentle guidance and support to clarify decision making and life course such as navigating through
a difficult transition. Some people want help feeling more stability in their moods and less controlled by them. Others are looking for freedom from panic attacks, anxiety, daily worries & stresses and/or catastrophic thinking that is eroding their quality of life. Some people come to my office needing to process a loss, a series of losses or trauma when grieving has not begun or has taken over their lives. What my work comes down to is: Helping people to find ways to enjoy their time here more.
What we have are moments, one after the other, with the possibility of great joy and where the best in us can show up.
In over 15 years I have helped hundreds of couples and individuals successfully move through difficult symptoms and challenges, find deeper meaning and greatly improved connections with others.
I will help you move beyond uncomfortable symptoms (anxiety, depression, low energy), clarify your goals and take action steps toward achieving them, find your inspiration and have greatly improved relationships. For the last 15 years in her therapy practice she has helped her clients move to the next level in their lives.
Emily graduated from New York University, School of Social with a Masters in Social Work and went on as a post-graduate to work in the Department of Adult Psychiatry at Gouverneur Hospital in the heart of Chinatown, New York City. She accumulated a wide range of experience working with people from many different ethnicities and a variety of mental health issues. She went on to have a private practice in NYC until moving out of the area to continue her her practice in Mid-Coast Maine. I have a particular interest in helping couples create and maintain positive loving relationships, integrating techniques from pioneers in the field including; The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Crucible Therapy.
Maine State Social Work License: #LC12270
New York University, New York City, NY
Masters in Social Work 1999
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Bachelors of Fine Art 1987
Additional experience and Training
I started my practice in New York City. For over a decade I engaged in intensive weekly supervision & training in post-graduate multi-disciplinary psychotherapy from an internationally renowned psychiatrist. Emily has studied with Drs. John and Julie Gottman and received her certificate for completing the Gottman Couples Therapy Level 3 training in 2012. She has received many trainings including in Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Focused Couples Counseling and many others. Emily has completed 2 ten day silent Vipassana Buddhist retreats, attended many Tibetan Buddhist retreats around the country and has an ongoing daily meditation and Tai Chi Chuan practice. She is an active visual artist who exhibits locally and lives in Mid-Coast Maine with her husband and two children.
Tai chi Instructor in NYC (1988-1995)
Massage therapist in NYC (1993-2003)
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