Emily Hansen, MSW Intern
I am a graduate student at the University of Washington, working toward a Master’s degree in social work, with a mental health concentration. I completed my undergraduate education at University of Utah, and have an Honors BS in psychology and a BS in sociology, with criminology emphasis. I have experience working with individuals of all ages, from childhood to adulthood.
I became very passionate about mental health at a young age. My personal experiences have showed me time and again that wellness is often driven by mental health, rather than physical well-being. Physical health can mean very little in the absence of mental health; similarly, physical struggles can be exacerbated by internal suffering.
I have experience working with a variety of populations. I worked as a psychiatric technician in a residential substance use treatment program for adult women. I also have experience as a group counselor in residential treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. Additionally, I have provided supervised individual and family therapy for both children and adults.
My work with clients is grounded in the belief that the internal individual experience is just as important as the external environment. I use a systems theory approach to understand all of the things that may be influencing someone, and a strengths-based approach to help clients find their own power. I incorporate cognitive-behavior therapy principles into all of my client work, using this framework to introduce the deep connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I work with a very broad spectrum of individuals, ages 12 and up, and specialize in anxiety and depression. In addition to these, I am passionate about working with those who struggle with eating disorders, trauma, self-injury, body image, and identity, and strongly believe that healing and recovery are possible for everyone.