Emilie Diesen, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. I attended Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts- drawn to it’s 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 obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane. I have been working as a therapist in private practice since 2010. I generally work with individuals ages 12 years through older adulthood.
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.
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 was raised here in the Pacific Northwest. Though I did my graduate work on the east coast and have traveled globally, I chose to settle in the community in which I was raised. Throughout my childhood my family encouraged exploration of other cultures and travel. I had the opportunity to live and work in Italy in my early adulthood. Living in a foreign culture without the support of family and friends was an amazing exercise in self-exploration for me; it was during this time in my life that I learned and began to practice the benefits of guided imagery, meditation and yoga. Through this exposure to different cultures and family systems, I gradually came to recognize and accept my own family system. My family’s relational style, influenced by my somewhat stoic Nordic-Germanic heritage was often at odds with my own sensitive nature. Through therapeutic interventions, I learned to manage my own expectations and come to a place of acceptance about my role in my family. Having studied piano from an early age, music was also an essential outlet for emotional expression during this journey.
When I was a school aged child, a close friend confided in me about abuse she was experiencing. Bearing witness to my friend’s pain changed my world view and illuminated the power of listening. This experience also inspired my future work with children. 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.
I returned to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue my graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling seeking to integrate all I had learned abroad and combine it with percolating ideas of holistic health drawn from Eastern traditions, alternative medicine, yoga psychology and transpersonal psychology.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.lunabellatherapy.com