Mental Health Therapist
Born and raised in Clovis, California, Emily grew up coaching cheerleading and being a camp counselor. When the time came to escape the heat of the Central Valley, Emily attended the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) for undergrad and received a BA in Psychology in 2015. Throughout her time in college, she participated in research exploring the relationship between physiological stress and weight stigma. After graduating, she moved back home and worked as an ABA therapist. In her free time, Emily volunteered at RCS – Rape Crisis Center of Fresno – as a volunteer intake counselor and worked with child survivors to provide a safe place and assist them in accessing services (i.e. counseling, forensic exams, ongoing care). This experience, combined with a personal experience from high school, made Emily realize that she wanted to work with youth to hear their stories and provide support. Upon receiving a scholarship from San Diego State University (SDSU), Emily moved to San Diego to pursue her MSW (master’s in social work) and PPSC (Pupil Personnel Services Credential). While in grad school, she interned as a School Social Work Intern at Escondido Union School District where she provided students with a safe space to process their emotions through mindfulness and meditation. She also interned at the County of San Diego – CWS, and upon graduating in 2018, she was a protective services social worker who worked with foster youth. A few years later, she worked for a Native non-profit foster family agency to help youth reconnect to their culture to reclaim their sense of identity.
Emily is grateful to be a part of the Mending Matters team and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Emily enjoys spending time with family, going on hikes, visiting the local cat cafes, practicing restorative yoga, making resin art, watching House Hunters International, listening to My Favorite Murder (a true crime comedy podcast), and designing her island in Animal Crossing.