Kaelin feels truly honored to accompany her clients on their journey to wellness. Her goal is to understand each client’s unique experience and work with them to uncover unhelpful patterns that are standing in the way of a satisfying life. She strives to empower her clients to tap into their personal strengths and promote deep emotional healing.
Dr. Emery believes that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important ingredients in good therapy. She aims to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment where each client feels heard and understood.Schedule Your Consultation
I received my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. I view emotional symptoms and psychological distress as the result of our unique experiences in caring relationships (I’ve had extensive training with relationship psychology and psychodynamic approach). I’m also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and family systems.
I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual, and strives to understand each individual within their unique context, without making assumptions. I also have experience with multicultural, diverse environments and can sensitively incorporate these factors into our work together.
When working with couples, I use a structured approach that draws from EFT (Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy) and the Gottman Method (both are highly researched and effective treatments for couples). I’m skilled at helping couples get to the underlying issues that are causing their conflicts and helping partners communicate with each other more effectively. Most importantly, I can help you strengthen the bond between you and your partner in order to create a secure, loving foundation for your relationship.
I specialize in treating trauma and appreciate the opportunity to instil hope and build connections with those who previously thought that such healing and a sense of empowerment were not possible. I’ve been able to help my clients move towards a life that is not dominated by their traumatic experiences. Furthermore, I’ve been delighted to lead training for other clinicians on how to provide trauma-informed treatment.
I like to describe my presence in the room as “one foot in, one foot out.” I have “one foot in” in the sense that I am right there with you, present with your pain, every step of the way, but I also have “one foot out” in that I am still able to retain my objectivity and be helpful throughout the process.
I understand the courage that it takes to ask for help. I know how humbling and life-changing therapy can be for so many because I have engaged in it myself. Knowing what it is like to be a client informs how I operate as a therapist. I feel honored to do this work and to have helped so many people achieve their therapeutic goals.
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