Emilie Diesen

My approach to therapy:

I am committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space for my clients to feel truly seen and heard.   I believe people have inner wisdom, and that healing can occur in the sacred relational space between client and therapist.  I see my role as helping clients to peel back the layers of self-limiting beliefs, emotional blocks, and other barriers that can keep them from discovering their authentic selves, and ultimately leading the lives they truly desire.   I have an active direct counseling style which combines genuine empathic listening with therapeutic challenges and splashes of humor.  I strive to combine my philosophical and psychological insights with my more pragmatic skills training (self-care skills, relaxation training, conflict-resolution and communication skills, etc).  Depending on the individual’s needs, I incorporate a variety of evidence-based practices including Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).   I have experience collaborating with other healthcare providers to help facilitate medication interventions when necessary.  

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest but have lived on the east coast and abroad in Italy.  I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking and boating with my family.  I also keep up a regular yoga and meditation practice and play the piano. I have an interest in holistic health drawn from Eastern traditions, alternative medicine, spirituality, and yoga psychology.

My specialized experience:

I have been working as a therapist in private practice since 2010.  My primary areas of focus include anxiety, depression, stress-management, trauma, relationship issues, attachment-related issues, parenting concerns, and women’s issues (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum issues, menopause). My personal experience with my daughter’s birth, navigating the healthcare system in the peripartum period, and the rocky transition of early parenthood helps inform my work with women, especially those experiencing fertility, pregnancy and postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.  I generally work with individuals ages 12 years through older adulthood.  Early in my career, I worked to advocate for the safety and well-being of children in a variety of settings including preschools, domestic violence shelters, and private homes. 

My education and training:

 I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. I attended Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts for graduate school, earning my masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. I was drawn to that particular program for its holistic specialization program which considers the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of a person to form a more comprehensive understanding of health and wellness.  

I completed my 2 years of practicum training in an outpatient mental health hospital and a college counseling center in Massachusetts. Prior to my private practice, I also worked in two community health clinics in Washington state.

My licensing and professional affiliations:

I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Mental Health Professional (MHP) in Washington state where I began my career. I passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination in 2005.  As a new resident of California, I am a candidate for the equivalent title of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  In the meantime, I am a registered Intern in CA (#TBD). I am also a member of the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association (AMHCA).