Emily has worked with families and children for more than 13 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently practices as an individual and family therapist for both children and adults. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in 2006 where she was a North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar and member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Emily’s post graduate work focused on children and families. Emily’s background in child protective services has helped to inform her work with families. She has observed that when a child is struggling there is usually a larger dynamic at play in the family system. She commits to working with both the children and parents to find a solution that brings balance back to the system.
Emily has come to realize that part of her job as a counselor is to help people identify obstacles such as fear and insecurity that block their ability to hear and know God. When those obstacles are removed we grow in a deeper relationship with God and our lives are transformed. This requires humility and honesty both in the therapeutic relationship and in a person’s personal relationship with God. Emily seeks to create an environment free of shame and judgment so that people feel encouraged to seek their truth and God’s heart. She is honored to walk alongside people in this process of growth and healing and to see God’s work first hand.
Emily has experience assessing children and adults for substance abuse, neglect, physical abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, sexual abuse, developmental disabilities, pre-natal/post-partum issues, and parenting. She also has experience with psycho-social assessments, crisis assessment and management. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Substance Abuse Treatment. She uses Cognitive Behavioral interventions with a Family Systems perspective.
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17