Understanding that individuals and families may be seeking treatment for problematic behaviors that were once essential for their safety and survival, led Emily towards her passion of treating children and families. By listening to a child’s perspective and uncovering the feelings underlying their challenging behavior, a child can achieve healing, increase their sense of felt safety, and learn essential life skills. This population reinforced Emily’s beliefs that the most important ingredient in successful treatment is the therapeutic relationship, and that individuals and families are their own experts who need to speak their truth and be heard. Emily is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with more than twelve years of experience working with children and families who have endured trauma in both outpatient mental health settings and residential treatment centers. The past seven years Emily has devoted her career to treating children and families in the foster care system, and now is very excited to begin the next phase of her career at Vida Clinic at Harris Elementary School. Emily completed training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in 2014 and offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children to see the whole child in their care and help that child reach their highest potential. Emily uses a strengths-based and systems theory approach when providing individual, group, and family therapy and is completing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy . Her specialties include trauma, attachment, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and stress management. Outside of work, Emily loves yoga and exploring all Austin has to offer, frequenting the newest super-hero movie releases and enjoying chips and queso at her favorite Mexican restaurants.
Vida Clinic specializes in school-based mental health and provides a range of services that include individual, family, and group counseling; teacher training and consultation groups; school-wide workshops and trauma-informed culture building.