Hi, I’m Emilea (She, Her, Hers). I'm so glad you're here. I have something I want you to know:
You Don't HAVE To HIDE Who You Are
(Neither should your teen).
I get it. I spent a good portion of my life hiding parts of myself. Sometimes, even from myself. Discovering and embracing ALL parts of who I am led me to a fuller, more integrated life. It also led me to others who value who I am.
Who You ARE Is Beautiful
It sucks to live in a world in which some bodies are valued more than other bodies. In which some bodies are granted more rights and access than other bodies. As a Queer woman, married to another woman, I navigate living my truth in environments that do not always embrace, accommodate, or respect who I am and who I love.
I don't want to change who you are.
Whether it's related to your queerness, ADHD, body size, skin color, or unique way of seeing, experiencing, and being in the world,
I want to help you be more of who you are.
Not less. More. I believe that deep and meaningful healing comes from bodies being able to be their full, integrated selves. Trauma can get in the way of this. Environments that are not affirming can get in the way of this. Education systems that do not accommodate the varied ways individuals learn can get in the way of this. They can lead us to falsely believe we need to change, edit, or hide who we are.
It's OKAY TO Experience the world in the way you experience it.
In my work as a high school counselor, ADHD coach, and mental health therapist, my goal is never to help clients change or hide who they are. Instead, I work with teens and adults to learn skills for embracing all parts of themselves, for bringing out and using their strengths, and for thriving in environments that may not be set up to appreciate and accommodate their unique way of being in the world.
If you're ready to embrace and embody more of who you are, I’d love to show you how.
READY TO BE MORE OF YOU?
Want more specifics about my training and experience?
Read on below:
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). My Master's degree and Educational Specialist degree is in Counseling from UNCG.
MY THEORETICAL APPROACH:
In my work with clients, I have an eclectic approach. I utilize mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, and Narrative therapy through a Person-Centered framework, aiming to combine traditional counseling approaches with creativity and holistic wellbeing. I am queer-affirming and believe it is critical to develop authentic relationships with my clients that are based in empathy and unconditional positive regard. I believe in an individual's ability to overcome life’s difficulties and try to work collaboratively with clients to build a sense of fulfillment, empowerment, and wellness. Specific to body image and disordered eating concerns, I operate from a Health at Every Size approach and philosophy and encourage Intuitive Eating principles.
I am trained in Brainspotting, a brain-based trauma protocol that helps clients identify, process, and release core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation.
When I am not in the counseling office, you can find me spending time with my family and three dogs or coaching on the softball or field hockey field or. I enjoy moving my body in ways that make me feel free and one of my favorite ways to do that is through laughter and impromptu dance parties. I also love to travel, be outdoors, and go on new adventures. Some of my favorite things are The Big Bang Theory, Panthers football, animals, baking, sushi, chocolate chip cookies, and everything mint green.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
(NC# A12592) and National Certified Counselor (# 755791).
I have had the opportunity to work in several different settings with children, teens, adults, and families from various backgrounds. I have spent time working as an elementary school counselor and currently work as a high school counselor at Northwest Guilford High School. Additionally, I have experience working with populations with ADHD through the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and as the Behavioral Director at a behavioral modification summer program for children with ADHD: North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK). I have also led groups for parents of children with ADHD to assist with behavioral strategies for the home. My clinical experiences have involved helping clients with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and body image concerns, ADHD, perfectionism, trauma, grief, stress, academic challenges, and identity concerns.