Emily was born and raised in California and moved to live on a farm in Pennsylvania at the age of eight with her parents and two sisters. She returned to California for college and earned a BA in Clinical Psychology at Biola University and a MA in Psychology at Pepperdine University, but had been working in the mental health field since 2005. In completing her MA, Emily decided to travel the world for several years working in multiple positions and roles cross culturally. Prior to joining the Oliverian School, Emily moved to the State of Vermont from Pennsylvania to work within the mental health field as a therapist. Emily’s intention in moving was to serve as a therapist for children, adolescent, and families struggling with various challenges related to mental health.
Emily’s clinical expertise has been in the area of child and adolescent struggling with traumatic backgrounds, difficulty within the school and home setting, and family relational problems. Emily is trained in evidence-based models including Functional Family Therapy, First Episode Psychosis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ARC Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents, and the Sanctuary Model (strength based, trauma informed care). Emily’s counseling method varies based on the needs and presenting problems with each student. Her focus is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Based, Skill development and Solutions Focused Techniques. Emily enjoys the process of helping adolescents and their families work to improve communication, interpersonal skills, and techniques for healthier living. We work to break out of individual patterns and cycles that lead to conflicts in relationships across settings.
Emily began working with Oliverian School in August 2020 as a counselor and currently resides on campus with her dogs Boo Radley and Chewbacca. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, going on adventures, learning from others, and world travel. Emily finds experiences out of the classroom setting to be as important in learning, growing, and developing as a person.
What do you love most about working at Oliverian?
“I love partnering with everyone in their individual journey in life and believe there is a reason for each student and staff to cross paths here. Oliverian is a safe place to develop a worldview, purpose, and foster relationships with a team working towards the same goals for each student. We share in the sorrows and successes and genuinely partner with one another to figure out the ways to heal, make positive changes, and we work to take those steps together with one another.”
What motivates you to work with young people?
“Kids are insightful, unique, and have interesting perspectives to life, seeing them make progress in their development and self-growth process has always been very exciting and an honor to experience the victories in overcoming their struggles.”