About Therapy

Imagine a space where you are free to share and express anything you want, and be accepted.... even for the parts of yourself that you're ashamed of. Imagine tapping into your true self and using this to heal the wounds that are causing your symptoms. 

That's what sessions are like! I help you love yourself more deeply, become more conscious and self-aware, and heal the wounds underlying the symptoms that are bringing you to therapy.

I like to balance both talk therapy and depth methods. Many of my sessions are conducted through a meditation-like process where you go deep into your inner world to heal, called IFS (also known as "Parts Work").

The psychotherapy field is headed in a new direction. It's going deeper than talk therapy alone (even if the Midwest is lagging a bit behind on this!) That's why I like to do things a little differently. Discover my approach below. 

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My Approach

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EXPERIENTIAL

Go on a dynamic, visual, imaginative, and exciting trip through your inner world to heal your psyche

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MINDFUL

I help you become more a more conscious human being, feel safe in your body, and enjoy life in the present moment

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TRAUMA-SENSITIVE

I’ve studied shock, developmental, and attachment trauma and I’m trained to help you heal it

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HOLISTIC

Use therapy as a way to harmonize your mind, body, emotions, and spirit

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TRANSPERSONAL

 

Experience yourself as a spiritual being inextricably connected with all of life, and connect to a sense of wonder and awe

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SOMATIC

You’re more than just a walking brain. I help you get into your body to heal

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HUMANIZING

I don’t define you by a diagnosis. I see you as a human first, and your symptoms as clues to   deeper pain that we work towards healing

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TALK-BASED 

 

If you ever need to use a session to vent, be heard, or talk things out, I'm always here for that, too!

Who I Love To Work With

I work with people who are excited to make a change by doing deep inner work that gets to the core of their issues while becoming a more conscious, mindful individual along the way. 

 

I work well with clients who are introspective, curious, motivated, and holistically-minded. They are sometimes highly sensitive people and/or intuitive feeling types (think NF on the Meyers-Briggs test, like INFJ, or ENFP).

 

Many of them have already done work on themselves through past therapy, or have done independent studying, journaling, meditation, or yoga on their own. They are curious to try an embodied, mindfulness-based, and experiential approach to therapy. 

 

PSA: LGBTQ+ and people diverse religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds are welcomed and loved in my office!

What I Love To Help You Do

  • Become friends with your emotions and learn how to make them not so scary, befriending stress, sadness, anger, anxiety, and loneliness 

  • Learn to love yourself, and use this loving presence to transform even your darkest parts into something beautiful

  • End the inner war and feel more at home inside your own mind

  • Heal from old trauma and become the person you want to be

  • Tap into your inner wisdom so you can become your own healer and overcome obstacles… both now, and long after therapy is over

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Many of My Clients Are Struggling With The Following Issues...

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ANXIETY & SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES

Feeling worried, on edge, never able to relax, secretly insecure, or worried no one likes them

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TRAUMATIC PASTS

Feeling unable to break free from past hurts and burdens and stuck in patterns that aren't serving them

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EMOTIONAL OVERWHELM

Unsure how to stay centered and manage their emotions and may identify as "highly sensitive"

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STRESS AND BURNOUT
 
Overwhelmed by the pressure and wanting to make a change to live a more fulfilling, mindful life

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EXPLORING THEIR PATH

Unsure who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Wanting to get to know themselves better so they can choose a life path that feels rewarding to them

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RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
 
Craving deeper connections, but always chasing the wrong people, getting stuck in unhelpful patterns, or unable to create meaningful relationships

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TESTIMONIALS FOR WORKING WITH EMMA

“With Emma, you can go on a lovely trip inwards if you want to heal your inner world in a professional, safe, and personal setting and place. I think she’s a lovely person, she’s so supportive, creative and grounded, a great listener, knows what she’s doing and willing to help you the best she can.”

-Past Client

Techniques I Use

  • Internal Family Systems: Get to know, love, heal, integrate, and make the most of every part of yourself. *I am level 3 trained in this method, and it forms the core of my practice. Read more here.

  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: Become more present, aware, relaxed, and loving towards your emotions. *I worked at a mindfulness center in Thailand for 18 months!

  • The Enneagram: Learn your main personality type, its strengths, its pitfalls, and heal your deepest wounds. *Learn more here.

  • TRE (Trauma/Tension Releasing Exercises): Literally "shake off" stress and tension. *I am a certified TRE provider. Learn more here.

  • Shamanic Counseling and Depth Hypnosis: *Coming soon! I am currently pursuing a path of study in Applied Shamanic Counseling and Depth Hypnosis. I will soon be able to offer soul retrievals, power retrievals, hypnosis, work with guides, and past life work.

The Deets on Online and In-Person Therapy

As it currently stands, I am offering clients a choice of online or in-person sessions. I am vaccinated and the chairs in my office are set 6 feet apart. In-person sessions take place on Tuesday through Thursday.

Online therapy will be conducted over a HIPAA-compliant video platform, similar to zoom. You can access the platform easily via computer, laptop, or smartphone.

Some clients prefer only online sessions, only in-person sessions, or a hybrid of both. I do my best to accommodate your preferences. 

**Updated June 2021 and subject to change

TESTIMONIAL

“This review is for my experience with “Inner Harmony”, a six week course in IFS, as well as a private IFS session with Emma: Firstly, it seems to me that Emma clearly shares her practice from a place of personal results and healing. The tools and concepts that she shares are shared with an intimate understanding that tells me that she utilizes them regularly. Maybe more importantly, this tells me that she believes fully in what she is sharing.

 

Secondly, IFS as a practice seems to me to hold infinite healing/therapeutic potential. The framework that IFS provides to explore the mind is simple to navigate and, if one is willing, powerful to behold. I enjoy seeing the world through the lens of IFS on occasion.

 

Lastly, with the help of Emma, I am successfully navigating these challenging times of Covid-19. In this time, I have experienced doubts and fears and anxieties. Emma, through the lens of IFS, has assisted my process of healing some of the roots of these emotions so that I may live life with more clarity. Thank you, Emma.”

-SAMUEL WYANT

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the investment and time per session?


My session length is 65 minutes long. This is a little longer than many standard therapy sessions, but I find that this timeframe allows us enough time to do deeper work together so you can get more benefit. Effective April 2021 forward, the rate for a 65-minute session for all new clients is $150.




Do you accept health insurance?


Not exactly. Many of my clients choose not to use insurance for sessions because they prefer my alternative and holistic approach or they do not want a mental health diagnosis on their medical record. For those wanting to use insurance, I am an "Out of Network" therapist, meaning I do not work directly with insurance companies. Learn more about the benefits of OON therapy here: https://blog.zencare.co/reasons-to-see-out-of-network-therapist/ See the next question below for how to pursue OON benefits!




Do you offer sliding scale?


I do not. I have learned that I need to limit the number of clients I see in order to show up for my sessions with you with my self-care tank full, without burning myself out. I like to give back in other ways! I am a naturally creative introvert, and I've learned I can give back by writing articles and creating free meditations for people around the world to access (they've been played over 14,000 times!) https://insighttimer.com/coach-emma I also donate money to plant 1 tree for every session I have with you. Hundreds of trees have been planted in 2020 so far! Learn more here: https://www.alternativetherapystl.com/helping-the-planet




How frequently will we meet and how many months will I see you?


Most of my clients see me once per week or once every other week. A small handful of people who have been meeting with me for a while will see me once a month. I recommend committing to the process for at least 2-3 months. Meeting with me a couple of times will not be enough to do the deep work needed to help you make major shifts in your life. There are no quick fixes. Some of my clients see me short-term for about 3-4 months, while other prefer to do deeper work with me as their ongoing therapist for a year or two, or even longer. Length of therapy depends on your individual goals as well as the depth and complexity of the issues you're bringing. I aim to help you make as much progress as I can in the time you spend with me, but there are not short-cuts and we cannot rush the process. Please discuss your expectations with me in our first session!




How do I use my "Out of Network" benefits?


I provide an “out of network” form (also called a superbill), which you may be able to use to get your insurance to cover your counseling services. This means you pay me out-of-pocket, and your insurance company reimburses you individually for what you have paid. This is dependent on your insurance plan and your ability to submit your own documentation to the insurance company. It takes a little work on your part, but the benefits are: 1. you can choose a therapist you really resonate with 2. you aren’t limited only to specific therapists who take your insurance, who may not specialize in your issue, or use the methods you're seeking Here are some questions you can ask your insurance provider: 1. Do I have mental health insurance benefits that allow for out-of-network services? 2. Do I have a deductible that must be met first before you pay for counseling? How much has been met? 3. How many mental health sessions per year does my health insurance cover? 4. Does my insurance require that I have pre-authorization prior to sessions with a therapist? (If so, please have that information before the first session). 5. Do I need a diagnosis to be reimbursed? Does this need to be on my superbill in order for it to count?




What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a therapist?


Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialize in prescribing medication for mental health illnesses. Most psychiatrists do not practice “talk therapy,” but rather monitor your response to medication. They tend to meet with their clients briefly and infrequently. I am a therapist, also known as a psychotherapist or counselor. A therapist has a graduate or doctoral degree. A therapist develops a therapeutic relationship with clients and typically meet with clients once every week or two for about an hour. Therapists take time to deeply understand clients and their struggles because they primarily help clients make improvements by working through talk, somatic, or experiential-based therapy with emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Therapists do not prescribe medication, but may sometimes refer clients to psychiatrists for an evaluation if they believe clients could benefit from it.




What are your credentials?


I hold a LPC license in Missouri, which means “licensed professional counselor.” I also hold an LPC license in Illinois. This means that I have completed a 2-3 year graduate degree in counseling which included an internship, I have taken 2 3-4 hour comprehensive exams, and I have gone through the requirements to obtain state licensure. As an LPC in MO, I practice independently, and as an LPC in IL, I practice under a supervisor (Karen Grayson, LPC, Ph.D.) who gives me guidance on how best to help you. I have also taken advanced level 3 training in Internal Family Systems and Tension Releasing Exercises, and am an IFS Therapist and TRE Provider. You can verify my IFS credentials here (just search for my name!) https://ifs-institute.com/practitioners




What ages do you see? Do you see teens?


Almost all of my clients are in their 20s and 30s. If you are over 39 and my website calls to you, please feel free to reach out. I do not currently see minors under age 18. Working with children and teens is not a clinical speclalization of mine, and I would rather your child get the specialized help they need from a specialized provider.




Are there any clients who you will NOT see?


Yes! This is because I cannot possibly specialize in every area. I have not developed enough competence in the following areas to feel confident in my ability to help you. I believe you will be best served by someone specialized in the area you need help with. The following list details symptoms that are best treated by other providers. It is not exhaustive. 1. Active addiction 2. Active eating disorders 3. Current domestic violence situations or current abuse 4. Personality disorders (such as BPD, HPD, and NPD) 5. Autism spectrum disorders 6. Schizophrenia If you know or believe you are struggling with one of these issues, there are plenty of providers who can help you. I recommend going on a therapist directory like Psychology Today, Therapy Den, Zencare, or Good Therapy and filtering for people who work with your specific issue. Thanks for reading!