Emily Willen is a counselor and an art therapist. She recently graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA with her Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling. Emily has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in a domestic violence shelter with victims of abuse, an elementary school with children with learning disabilities, and a residential program for adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral concerns.
Emily has a passion for working with children and adolescents. She has experience working with issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, and self-harm. As an art therapist, Emily utilizes art within her work with clients to promote self-awareness, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. “I believe that all clients have the ability to be creative,” she says. “Art therapy provides another avenue for clients to discuss difficult or painful emotions.”
Emily uses counseling techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) within a supportive, client-centered approach. Emily’s focus on the individual strengths of each client, as well as her person-centered, humanistic approach to treatment, promotes clients’ overall growth and development.