My goal as a therapist is to help you discover how to be fully alive and vibrant in this moment and in your connection with others. I view therapy as an interactive self-discovery process. Building and increasing self awareness is essential for clarifying and acting on your preferred choices. The focus is not on what you “should” do but rather on what you want, need, and can do given your unique life circumstances. I also will work with you to heal older unresolved issues and unfinished business. I had a private practice in Bellingham, Washington for 20 years and prior to that I have worked in a variety of mental health settings. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I trained extensively in Gestalt theory and therapy and in a number of other theoretical approaches, including Transactional Analysis, Intersubjectivity, EMDR, and Body Awareness techniques.
One of my specialties is working with couples and relationship issues. The therapy session is an ideal setting to attend to contact, boundary, intimacy, authenticity and ongoing conflict patterns can be explored and unraveled directly in the therapy session. There is every opportunity to bring the relationship fully alive while attending to stuck places that create longstanding difficult issues. Every relationship is different and no one can see inside the depth and nuances of a couple. However, there are common and universal processes that we all share in our relationships. I enjoy working with both the special uniqueness of your relationship and with the universal patterns that we all experience in relationship.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 26011
I have always been hesitant on therapy because of a not so great therapist I had in the past however, Emil has put to rest any reservations I have had. He is kind, caring, and really does want to help you! In the short time I have been able to work with Emil he has helped in more ways than I even thought possible!
Written on Dec 21, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Emil is simply an amazing person and is so good at what he does. He brings, and shares, a lifetime of both professional and personal experience. He has helped me change my life in so many great way. I highly recommend Emil.
Written on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
The best therapy I had
Written on Oct 01, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues
Very compassionate & encouraging. Feels like a friend.
Written on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Emil has been very helpful in working with me and am very happy is was selected to provide that help.
Written on Apr 02, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
I have really appreciated Emil's compassion and understanding. He has listened and been supportive during a time when I felt surrounded by people and yet very alone. I'm grateful for his guidance, and his belief in me.
Written on Feb 07, 2021 after therapy with Emil for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties