About Me & My Practice

"Emily, my experience with you has been so delightful! My self-esteem is higher, and my outlook on life is clearer. I'm a better parent and a better friend. I don't take things personally like I used to, and I'm slower to react. I
have grown so much. I appreciate your nonjudgmental way of counseling." - KC

Hello! Thank you for wanting to know more about my counseling practice.

ABOUT ME: Licensed by the State of Washington as a Mental Health Counselor, I specialize in therapy for individuals and their families. I have a Masters of Psychology - Systems Counseling from LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University. My private practice is in Kirkland, Washington, near Juanita Beach Park. I have been in practice since 2012.

WHO I WORK WITH: I work primarily with individuals, and also enjoy work with parents and teen or adult children, siblings, blended families, and families in recovery from a variety of addictions and disorders. I work with couples under special circumstances.

PRACTICE FOCUS: I work hard to create a supportive, nonjudgmental, and collaborative therapy relationship. Addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, I help individual clients become more self-aware, and increase personal growth, satisfaction, and happiness. I help families have difficult conversations, apologize to each other and accept appropriate responsibility, resolve conflict, repair damaged relationships, and get through difficult phases of necessary developmental transition. I welcome difficult emotions which are often avoided or suppressed. My practice areas of expertise are:

  • Women's Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Relational Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Coping Strategies
  • Codependency
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Childhood trauma
  • Reparenting
  • Families in Recovery
  • Grief and Loss
APPROACH: In a comfortable, safe, and supportive atmosphere, I create a highly-personalized therapy for each client. In this way, you are able to find your own comfort zone. With compassion and understanding, I will meet you where you are, then provide support and feedback to help you move past obstacles, and effectively address challenges. Simply put, I provide a safe place for you to find your voice, put words to your story, speak your truth, and move into and through your emotions. It is by facing and feeling our emotions that we can move through and beyond them to a place of relief, resilience, a new perspective, and vitality.

TREATMENT MODALITIES: I am a client-centered, relational therapist, and the personalized treatment that I offer is an integration of several therapy modalities: systems theory, attachment theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method™ techniques and research (I am a Gottman Trained 7 Principals Educator), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, Lifespan Integration ( to process trauma), Nonviolent Communication, Buddhist Psychology, mindfulness, and understanding the interconnected nature of neurobiology, physical health, and psychological well-being. Movement can enhance the therapeutic processing for some clients through Walk and Talk Therapy , an innovative approach to therapy outside of my office.

I also teach DBT skills to help my clients find relief from an emotional crisis. Dialecti cal B ehav ioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on behavioral change in the realms of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and self-soothing. The skills effectively reduce personal suffering and allow clients to be aware and proactive, versus reactive, with emotions and behavior. This treatment is suitable for a wide variety of clients, who may suffer with anxiety, depression, PTSD, codependency, and many other mental health symptoms. I will refer clients out to a certified DBT clinician or clinic if appropriate or necessary.


I truly love what I do. I am nourished and enlivened as I witness authenticity and share precious moments in the lives of my clients. I consider counseling a sacred calling, and feel a great sense of honor and privilege to do this work. I can relate to those with children and those without, and clients searching for the right partner and those who have found him or her. I lived a long time before creating and inhabiting the life I truly wanted, and consider myself living proof that with a lot of personal work, trust in one’s self, and a committed therapist, anyone can have a fulfilling and wonderful life.

"If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life." - Confucius

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