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Emay Wessner, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions LGBT Trauma and abuse Depression
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About me

My name is Emay Wessner and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been practicing since 2015. Over the last few years, I’ve practiced as a mental health therapist, primary care social worker, mobile therapist, therapeutic support staff, crisis clinician, and a behavioral specialist consultant. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from University of Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh, PA in 2015. I also received my Bachelor’s Degree (BSW) from University of Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh, PA in 2014. My clients include children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have worked in community mental health settings, child and family agencies, community health, and inpatient hospitals. I utilize a variety of techniques drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities. I am certified in multiple modalities treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse.

I am certified in cognitive processing therapy to treat PTSD. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) developed to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CPT helps identify, address, and challenge any negative or unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may arise after a traumatic event. With CPT therapy, survivors of trauma can better understand and evaluate the underlying beliefs that motivate their feelings and behaviors.

I am certified in motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy that treats substance abuse. Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) is a directive, person-centered approach to therapy that focuses on improving an individual's motivation to change. Those who engage in self-destructive behaviors may often be ambivalent or have little motivation to change such behaviors, despite acknowledging the negative impact of said behaviors on health, family life, or social functioning. A therapist trained in MET can often help an individual to view behaviors more objectively, and through MET, an individual may become empowered to begin the process of change.

I am also certified in interpersonal therapy for depression (IPT-D). IPT, is an empirically validated, time-limited form of psychotherapy (lasting between 12 and 16 sessions duration) designed to treat depression and depressive symptoms. Unlike CBT, Interpersonal Therapy is not a behavior therapy, coming instead from more psychodynamic and social-learning traditions. Instead of focusing on correcting dysfunctional thoughts, IPT focuses on understanding how personal relationships can cause someone to become depressed or make worse already existing depressive symptoms. The IPT approach shifts blame from the patient onto the illness and to some degree, onto the patients' interpersonal situation.

Professional experience

6yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Control Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

PA LCSW CW020135


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Emay Wessner. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I truly appreciate Emay's gentle, careful listening. She has been able to HEAR me and pick out specific things for me to work on. She's provided tools, coaching, reference materials, and better language to reframe and refocus my experience. Working with Emay has been one of my personal highlights of the year and made my year AND LIFE better. Thank you Emay.

Written on Oct 19, 2022 after therapy with Emay for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Emay asks me very thoughtful questions, and always provides valuable insight. For each session with her, I feel like she is completely engaged and focused on me and my life. I am very grateful to have her as a therapist.

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Emay for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder