Emily with her assistant therapist, her Jack Russell Terrier mix, "Lumi" {Luminous}. Lumi is present at the majority of Emily's sessions. 

Emily with her assistant therapist, her Jack Russell Terrier mix, "Lumi" {Luminous}. Lumi is present at the majority of Emily's sessions. 

About your Psychotherapist

As a prospective or current client, I believe it is important for you to know about my professional background. My work with clients is rooted in clinical theory and years of practice. I earned my Bachelors in Psychology from University of Maryland, and my Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University.  During the Masters program, I took challenging courses on Human Behavior and Development with associated theories and interventions. I continue to attend conferences and meet with colleagues to learn and discuss the latest research, and to refine the newest interventions. I will always be eager to learn the most effective techniques in order to enhance others' lives.

While in graduate school, I also interned 2 days a week at a pro bono legal aid firm in which I served as an advocate for Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) adults and older adults with co-occurring disorders providing case management, crisis intervention, and ongoing supportive counseling. I evaluated clients' hoarding issues in their apartments and reported the level of severity and clinical concerns to their attorneys acting as a mental health liaison. During my second year of graduate school, I interned at an alternative high school in the South Bronx.  I developed, designed, and facilitated psychotherapy groups and worked with students individually utilizing CBT, DBT, art, drama, and psychodynamic therapeutic modalities.

Since graduating from NYU, I moved to the Atlanta area to begin my career. In Atlanta, I have worked with clients through Cobb County Community Service Board, the inpatient unit of Peachford Behavioral Health Hospital, and Jewish Family & Career Services.  I help clients work through a variety of issues, including, but not limited to: guilt/shame, infidelity, intimacy concerns, interpersonal concerns, complex addiction histories, poor self-esteem, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.  Through Cobb County, I provided play therapy and family therapy at a Title I elementary school and designed and facilitated 9 counseling groups weekly for adults with co-occurring disorders.  

I developed my own practice to provide an integrative and holistic healing approach to teens, women, couples, and families. I assist my clients in mastering their most challenging behaviors through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), additional evidence-based talk therapy techniques, and expressive arts and play therapy. With gentle direction, we determine where you are most "stuck." I stay up-to-date on the newest and most effective treatment modalities.

I have seen clients take charge of their lives and integrate coping skills after 3-5 sessions with me. My upbeat and kind personality allows my clients to feel safe and comfortable. I believe no issue is insurmountable, no matter how complex.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly
— Anonymous

What i believe

  • Utilizing a relational, psychodynamic approach with evidence-based therapeutic techniques
  • Providing unconditional positive regard to each of my clients 
  • Working collaboratively with my clients to help them reach the solution that is right for them
  • Utilizing behavioral techniques, like CBT and DBT for results-driven work