Therapy with me may be a little different from what you have experienced before. I take you on a journey deep into your inner world in order to access your own inner wisdom and heal.
Many of my sessions are conducted using non-ordinary states of consciousness, including depth hypnosis, shamanic journeying, or a meditation-like process called IFS (also known as "Parts Work".)
Through these methods, you can learn to love yourself more deeply, become more conscious and self-aware, gain insight into deeply held patterns, and heal the wounds underlying the symptoms that are bringing you into therapy.
Many of My Clients Are Experiencing The Following...
ANXIETY & SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES
Feeling worried, on edge, never able to relax, secretly insecure, or worried no one likes them
Feeling unable to break free from past hurts and burdens and stuck in patterns that aren't serving them
Unsure how to stay centered and manage their emotions and may identify as "highly sensitive"
Are spiritually curious and intuitively "know" that spirituality can be an integral part of their healing process, but aren't sure how to use it to heal just yet
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
Craving deeper connections, but always chasing the wrong people, getting stuck in unhelpful patterns, or unable to create meaningful relationships
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.
Go on a dynamic, visual, imaginative, and exciting trip through your inner world to heal your psyche
I help you become more a more conscious human being, feel safe in your body, and enjoy life in the present moment
My practice is trauma-informed and the methods I use are helpful for healing developmental, shock, and attachment trauma
Experience yourself as a spiritual being inextricably connected with all of life, and connect to a sense of wonder, awe, and guidance
Experience therapy as a way to harmonize your mind, body, emotions, and spirit
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
Techniques I Use
Internal Family Systems: Get to know, love, heal, and integrate every part of yourself. **I am level 3 trained in this method. Read more here.
Depth Hypnosis: Experience a spiritual approach that works within your own personal worldview. Explore your inner world to connect to guidance and experience profound healing using an altered state of consciousness. This includes regressions and dream work. **I have studied Depth Hypnosis and it is a core part of my practice. Learn more here.
Shamanic Counseling: Learn how to tap into inner guidance and the earth's wisdom to help you heal. **I am a certified Applied Shamanic Counselor.
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 challenges, 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.
What I Love To Help You Do
Incorporate spirituality into the healing process, whatever that means for you
Befriend your emotions and learn how to understand the messages they are sending you
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 and use this to guide your healing process
Learn how to access wisdom and guidance so you can become your own healer and move through life with more ease… both now, and long after therapy is over
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.”
Important Info to Know Before Booking
Fees and Session Length
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 have an optimal experience. The current rate for a 65-minute session for all new clients is $175.
My hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm on Monday through Thursday (the last session starts at 4:20 pm) and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday. I do not work evenings or weekends. I do my best to accommodate your needs, but please understand that your preferred time slot may already be occupied. I can move you to a preferred spot when it opens up, though!
I love being a transpersonal therapist, and use methods that are a bit uncommon in the midwest. I make it a priority to stay up-to-date on the developments in my field and to receive training that most aligns with who I am and what I feel called to offer, and also, what I see that the world needs. I have gone abroad for training in yoga, mindfulness, TRE, and Internal Family Systems, and have taken my Applied Shamanic Counseling and Depth Hypnosis classes through a school in California. My Psychedelic Therapy training is through an institute in Colorado. This is one of the things that sets my practice apart and I'm always excited to work with people who want to use alternative methods.
Virtual and In-Person Appointments
You have a choice of online or in-person sessions. I am vaccinated and the chairs in my office are set 6 feet apart. You are not required to be vaccinated. In-person sessions take place on Monday through Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are online-only days. It is up to you whether we wear masks in sessions.
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.
I do not accept insurance directly. Many of my clients choose not to use insurance for sessions because they prefer my alternative and transpersonal approach and/or they do not want a mental health diagnosis on their medical record. Fair warning, a diagnosis can follow you and may impact your ability to access affordable health insurance or life insurance premiums and may impact your ability to obtain some jobs. Many insurance companies also request copies of your case notes, which in my personal opinion (and the opinion of many of my clients) should be kept private. This is why I do not work directly with insurance companies.
For those still wanting to use insurance, I am an "Out of Network" therapist. This means that if you have out-of-network benefits, you may be able to submit a superbill (which is a medical receipt that I generate for you) to your insurance company. Your insurance company then reimburses you in part or in full, directly. They may require you to have a diagnosis on your file, but they won't see your case notes. Learn more about OON therapy here: https://www.alternativetherapystl.com/post/understanding-out-of-network-therapy-and-insurance
Please anticipate starting therapy on a weekly or biweekly basis. This is necessary in order to establish our relationship and engage in deep work. Once clients begin to feel more functional, they may move to monthly or as-needed sessions. Monthly or as-needed sessions are best for maintenance work, and not the active phase of therapy. They tend to “skim the surface” and do not allow for deeper work until you feel more stable and used to the process. Trust me, I've learned this through experience!
Therapy involves a big commitment from both of us. From my end, this includes appropriate training, reading, and consultation, as well as administrative tasks. It also includes me blocking off a regular time in my schedule that I won't use for anything else. I also take care of myself by sleeping regularly, meditating, exercising, eating well, relaxing my nervous system, attending my own therapy sessions, and living a well-rounded lifestyle. Unfortunately, this is not common practice in helping professions, since many jobs require their clinicians to over-book which leaves little time for recovery. This is something I take very seriously for myself so that I can practice what I preach and be present for you. I cannot help you get well if I am unwell.
From your end, it takes a commitment to show up regularly, engage in deep work (that is sometimes uncomfortable but also very rewarding), seek the truth, make changes in your life, commit to becoming healthier, and show up to the sessions with intention. It also takes a commitment to a regular schedule and a willingness to plan ahead.
Sessions & Cancellations
Think of therapy as a subscription, like Netflix, life insurance, or apartment rent that you pay to have steady access to service. Like a subscription, you may change or cancel service with adequate advance notice. The expectation is that we both keep the agreed-upon time regularly, at the same time and day, unless there is an emergency or the session is canceled or rescheduled well in advance (30+ days). There is a little wiggle room with this, but for the most part, please only plan to start therapy with me if you can prioritize it in your schedule. Compassionate exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, but the general rule of thumb with appointments is to set it, keep it, plan for it, and think ahead. Please know that I will show you the same courtesy. I plan the rest of my life tasks (such as my own appointments, meetings, phone calls, etc.) around our session time, and only cancel in advance, in an emergency, and for unavoidable situations. Please plan to do the same.
Most of my clients love the regular schedule, and remark how different, consistent, and safe it feels, as opposed to the long wait times that are commonly experienced in other healthcare scenarios. They also like that it keeps them accountable and assures they prioritize themselves even when it's tempting not to. But I know it doesn't work for everyone. If you have a job that requires you to be on-call at all hours, or you otherwise have an inconsistent schedule, you may want to consider seeking out another therapist. These are the boundaries I need to feel healthy and well and to sustain my practice. I may also honor week-by-week scheduling for clients with an inconsistent schedule, but please note that scheduling priority is given to regular clients.
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“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.”