Hi there! My name is Emily,
and I recently joined the Center team as a psychotherapist. By training, I am a clinical social worker with a background in creative arts and movement. I am also a certified yoga instructor and have been on the team at Room to Breathe (Center’s lovely yoga studio) for about six months. The integrative vision that fuels the work at Center/Room to Breathe was instantly resonant to me when I first met the leaders of these two teams about a year ago. I’m so excited to bring my personal experience and education into these spaces, and I envision a path unfolding before us that’s marked by collaboration and innovation with partners of all kinds, across a variety of place and purpose.
I believe, simply put, that therapy is about personal growth and healing. Within that brief definition is boundless spaciousness for identifying and refining the specifics of what the therapy process will look like for every individual, couple, or group. To my mind, we are all always a work in progress. Some areas of our lives will have more stability than others, depending on the moment. We might feel really strong and solid in one thing, while feeling lost or defeated in another. Often times, we thought we’d mastered something until a new set of hyper-specific, unforeseen circumstances presents itself and we’re face to face with a whole new challenge (all of this is true in the ritual of yoga/meditation practice too). And this is life, right? It seems to me that being alive means, in large part, doing the work of integrating the contradictions, allowing space for more than one thing to be true, granting ourselves permission to change the way we feel or the way we relate, and offering patience to challenging people and situations. This is how we know we’re paying attention, being flexible, being kind (to ourselves and to others), being open, and how we know we’re growing...and healing.
MY JOURNEY HERE:
I found my way into this work through creative expression. My love of writing/poetry led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in fiction. From there, I volunteered with local youth programming and began to fully understand the transformative power of telling one’s story, even when that process is scary, risky, or seemingly unprecedented. It felt like a natural step, some years later, to follow from that place into the work of mental health and social justice. During my time in grad school, I was able to meet and partner with so many incredible people with visionary notions about how we are built, what we are capable of, and what it means to engage in a journey toward wellness. As I continued to carve my path, I started to meet more and more folks doing unique, empowering work at the intersections of traditional psychology and embodied work or fine arts. Eventually, my personal experience with the healing and grounding impact of dedication to the practice of yoga led me to teacher training, which became one of the most magical pursuits of my life and something that informs all the other work I do.
And now, here I am, at this wonderful moment of synchronicity where my passions, talents, and training have led me this opportunity to keep working integratively, in collaboration with clients, colleagues, and students. I started this journey almost sixteen years ago, and one thing I can tell you for sure is that as much as I’ve planned and prepared, the most incredible parts of the path were the ones I didn’t see coming. And the truth is, despite the cliche, the things that have been the most meaningful and revelatory are the things that have been the most difficult. It’s not easy to see the growth happening when you’re distracted by pain. It’s not easy to feel the way out when you’re overwhelmed by the weight of the moment. And it’s not easy to believe you already possess all you need when you’re feeling lonely or inadequate. I get that. I’ve been there too. Some things require a partner; whether for a few weeks or for many years, the power in requesting, accepting, offering, or receiving support changes us. Through traditional talk therapy, through journaling activities, through moving or meditating on your yoga mat, the strength that the most challenging, complicated times requires becomes more accessible. Maybe you’re eager to get started, or maybe you’re fearful, or feeling ambivalent. Whatever the truth is, we start by honoring it. From there, it’s all endless possibility.
I look forward to meeting you and to the transformations we’ll undertake together.