Emmaleen Edwards, M.Ed., LMHC
At a fundamental level, I understand that we all have basic needs we are trying to meet. At times, the methods we choose to get those needs met are no longer useful or can have detrimental outcomes to ourselves and our relationships. My approach to therapy begins with focusing on choices. What we think about is important to our success as a Human Being. While we tend to concentrate on the human aspect and spend much of our time comparing, competing, insisting and obsessing about ourselves and others, the being aspect of our existence is often neglected or overlooked, however, it is just as important. When we become aware of what Being truly means, we learn that there are higher dimensions to our life and these dimensions include joy and peace. When you experience joy and peace, self-fulfillment is in the midst. Ultimately, this is what we all want. Together, we will determine if the choices you are currently making are leading you toward self-fulfillment.
I generally incorporate an eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Reality Based Therapy.
Background and Clinical Training
Over the years, I have struggled with negativity, self-doubt, and issues related to abandonment. It was easy for automatic negative thoughts to slip into my mind. When that happened, it didn’t take long for my actions to follow. I have learned to counteract this negative pattern of thinking and every day, I make a conscious decision to experience peace. Now, I would like to share what I have learned along my journey with others. I believe every person is worthy of experiencing a life where mind, body and spirit are connected. My expertise includes but is not limited to anxiety issues, adjustment disorders, conflict resolution, self esteem issues, life stressors and culturally sensitive issues.
I believe therapy is one of the best ways to explore and receive the fullness of life that is available to everyone. Therapy can help you learn to accept what is going on right now—in the present. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have worked in various mental health settings for over 15 years. Some of the settings include crisis intervention, outpatient, inpatient psychiatric and private practice. Within these settings, I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of different populations. I have also enjoyed working as a professional within the criminal justice system and I am passionate about bringing mental health awareness to people who are underrepresented and apprehensive about seeking mental health treatment. It can seem intimidating at first, but, with trust and mutual respect an alliance can be built which will allow for growth and improved well-being.