Hey there! I’m Emelie. I spent my early childhood on the East Coast (DC suburbs) and moved to Seattle for most of my childhood and adolescence.
I was an adopted kid raised as an only child in a big, loud, New York Italian family filled with personality and a love for the outdoors. As one of the the oldest kids in my family, I always had a role in managing our complex and nontraditional family dynamics. I have been through my own challenges with my mental health -part of why I became a therapist- and I don’t think therapists are exempt from having their own struggles. I am deeply concerned for the state of mental health care and aim to #endthestigma however I can. I am proud of my story and where I’ve come from!
I love to laugh, I love to listen, and to learn more about where people come from. I might curse with you during session (but only if you do), and I think YOU are the expert in your life. I believe therapists do their best work when they believe that their clients hold the answers to their problems. I am a facilitator of you finding your own solutions, I try not to give advice- chances are, if I can think of a common sense solution, you’ve already tried it, right?
I have a dog named Feist and three cats, Xila (she’s perfect), Monty (a huge snuggler), and Huxley (a bit of a curmudgeon). I love to spend time outdoors, make dinners for friends and family, travel, taking photos, puns and dad jokes, and the endorphins after a run (if we’re being honest, I don’t totally love the running part).
Check out my Instagram, @sprouttherapypdx to follow my journey of mental wellness, to hear daily thoughts from a therapist and for self care tips, memes, and more.
Now for the professional stuff:
I completed my undergraduate education at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, where I received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and studied studio art and photography. I received my graduate level training at Lewis & Clark College here in Portland, receiving a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy, with specializations in sex and relationship therapy, expressive arts therapy, child psychology, and trauma work. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon (License #C5035).
Outside of my work in private practice, I’ve worked as a therapist in many settings: intensive outpatient mental health, psychiatric residential treatment at Trillium Family Services’ Parry Center here in Portland, and in Multnomah County schools. I was previously employed in the medical industry and have also taught psychology to middle and high school students at College of the Redwoods.
I have specialized training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), mindfulness, attachment work, and collaborative problem solving (CPS). I am also currently a participant in the Foster & Adoption Therapy Certificate Program at Portland State University.
My wealth of diverse experience and education makes me a great candidate to work with a variety of different treatment issues, but I truly enjoy working with life transitions, anxiety, panic & OCD, caregiver burnout & vicarious trauma, children & teens, foster/adoption issues, college aged and emerging adults, the LGBTQIA+ community, couples, and with those in non-monogamous relationships.