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I've been practicing for over 18 years in Sunny Southern California working with adult individuals and couples.
My experience is working with mild issues around stress, anxiety and feelings of sadness, life transitions, grief and relationship issues.
I provide a safe space to explore and process the feelings and issues you are experiencing. It's not about getting rid of your feelings but rather learning how to manage them in a more healthy way; learning how to have your thoughts and feelings work together rather than against each other! It's usually best to work through your issues rather than ignoring them or trying to push them aside. I want to help up you live a more joyful life and experience fulfilling relationships.
My style would be best described as eclectic. It's based on the foundation of cognitive-behavioral theories and then adapts to each person's unique needs utilizing my experience, empathy and compassion to help you move forward in life.
I find that weekly phone calls are the most beneficial but understand if you may prefer to just message back and forth.
For those subscribers that are interested, I also focus on the mind-body connection, which includes learning how to live more in the moment. Living more in the moment, rather than being stuck in the past or worried about the future, makes life all the more peaceful and joyful. Mind/body connection exercises include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation (tensing and releasing different muscle groups), guided imagery and mindful walking ( a more active form of meditation). All these exercises can help achieve the body's Relaxation Response - physically relaxed and mentally alert. It's what I like to call, "Calm Energy."
Research has shown that the Relaxation Response helps in the Reduction of pain, stress, anxiety, fatigue, irritability as well as reducing blood pressure and the stress hormone levels in our bodies. It's been shown to help Increase energy, motivation, productivity and improve decision-making abilities.
Although we won't be working face-to-face, you can still learn and benefit from these exercises through instructive emails and/or telephone sessions.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Depression , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Midlife Crisis Read more...
Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LMFT #44819 (Expires: 2020-11-01)
Emily is very professional, knowledgeable, supportive, caring and attentive. She has helped me better understand anxiety and how it ties in with feelings and thoughts and has given me many helpful tools to manage and deal with my anxiety. Emily is very willing to listen to and talk about anything that is going on with me. I find her to be very nice, understanding, honest, insightful and experienced. I'm very pleased to be working with Emily as my counselor.
She is compassionate, good listener, and gives me better ways to look at certain situations. I love her. She is a wonderful help.
Direct and nurturing
Emily makes you realize many helpful things you can incorporate into your daily life to work with anxiety. You truly "do the work" in your sessions with Emily. She guides and listens and is patient. She is thoughtful and stays in contact to see how your progress is going. Working with Emily has made a positive change in my life and how I deal with stress and anxiety and family.
Emily really inspires you to find a way to lead a balanced life. She guides you along in the process of wellness and offers suggestions that she personalizes to fit into your life at each step of the way. She is a thoughtful listener and helps you to understand that this is your journey. It has been a very positive addition to my overall wellness to have Emily counseling me. It has helped me navigate and learn how to deal with things as they arise in a more compassionate and caring way, not only for myself but for those around me. You must put in the work of course, but Emily is there every step of the way, and that is very reassuring.
Emily is a great listener and she helps you focus on the important thing, which is yourself.
It’s been a very short time but so far I appreciate the follow up and professionalism of Emily. I think this relationship will be a great one.
Emily Schwimmer is simply the best.
I've been talking with Emily with a couple of months now. She has been amazingly supportive and thoughtful during our sessions. The tools and techniques she has shared with me for managing my anxiety have been incredibly valuable and will bring me benefits for the rest of my life.
She's the best!
Emily is an excellent counsellor. Before signing up for BetterHelp, I had read that the hardest part was the process of finding a suitable counsellor. In my case, this turned out to be the easy part!
Emily’s style is very relaxed and low-pressure, but at the same time she maintains a high level of focus and engagement in her questions and responses. She gave me plenty of room to talk, and is very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects including the connection between mind and body, romantic relationship issues, and the process of organizing (or reorganizing) one’s life.
I am very grateful for the sessions I had with Emily, and would fully recommend her to anyone seeking counseling.
She’s responsive great listener and provides the support I need.
Emily is great!
Emily is fantastic! I'm very comfortable speaking with her, she offers great practical tips for managing anxiety, guides me through meditations, and I love her personality. I've referred her to several friends already!
Very happy to have found Emily! She's been great, and very helpful -
I’ve been working with Emily for a few weeks now and I’m really happy I was connected with her. I really like her approach to therapy and she always has her patients best interest in mind and encourages and empowers us to reframe how we think about the things going on in our lives to make peace with our issues and grow from our experiences.
Emily is kind, a good listener, and offers unbiased support. She is also honest in her support. I can tell she wants what is best for me and my emotional and mental health.
I highly recommend Emily to anyone that needs help getting through a tough time in their lives. I picked Emily based on her profile and I am so glad I did. She was exactly what I needed at a point in my life where I felt completely lost and had no control over my emotions.
She taught me things about myself and helped me better manage my emotions. She helped me understand my emotions and how to react to them in a positive way.
I am very grateful that I found Emily when I did and will always remember the things she taught me.
She’s very professional and on top of things. She listens thoroughly and gives great advice.
I really like working with Emily. She took the time to get to know me and asked a lot of questions which was a little annoying, but I understand why. Once she had a foundation of my needs she has been very responsive kind and helpful. She gives me a new perspective, a different way of looking at things and that is why I came to BetterHelp because I needed a new perspective on things. Thank you Emily!
I’m a male that has been been working with Emily now for a few weeks. We have been working on issues that surround who I am and also on issues about my marriage. I think it’s important to say this is a process and never a quick fix. Emily has been very responsive to me. She has and is giving me things to think about. Emily was the first counselor I was connected with and I’m happy to have the chance to work with her.
Emily is a wonderful counselor and I've really enjoyed working with her on my anxiety. She offers very practical advice to use day-to-day, and has helped me learn how to calm my body down when I'm overwhelmed with strong emotions. I feel a lot more confident to tackle new challenges & situations knowing I can be a bit more in control of my body & mind as I work through any discomfort. I highly recommend her!
She has been incredibly supportive. Conversations with her have always brought in clarity and insight. Thank you so much, as working with you has been really easy and beneficial to me.
I've only just started working with Emily and I find her to be thoughtful, action-oriented and helpful. I have been in therapy several times off and on over the past 30 years for short periods usually when I'm dealing with acute issues. I mention just to say I have a point of comparison. It always takes a while to get into a rhythm with a new therapist. I can tell that Emily is seasoned and I appreciate her expertise and the skills she is teaching me to deal with my current concerns.
Emily is great! Very flexible in scheduling.
In one month, Emily and I covered a lot of ground on ways to cope with various life challenges. I appreciated her perspectives on various topics, which helped me to expand my horizons and add new things to my "self-care toolkit."
Emily is very knowledgeable, thorough, a good listener and gives great advice. She's very reliable and flexible with scheduling as well. With me, she added value from the very first call and has been helpful providing different resources and exercises to help me grow and progress. Highly recommend her!
Emily is the best! Total sweetheart, I have never felt less judged in any therapy session as I do with her. She takes the time to point out the positives along with helpful advice and feedback. She's a real positive input to my life and am so glad and thankful for all she has done for me so far!
I love Emily. She really takes the time to understand what I'm going through and gives me advice on how to deal with it.
Emily is amazing. When I signed up, I would have never expected such a helpful, warm and wonderful person to be there for me. She helped me so much in this fast-paced, crazy year, that had a lot of ups and downs. Especially great was her down-to-earth approach to my trouble with lots of small (mindfulness) exercises and new ways of thinking that made change a lot easier for me. Thank you so much!!
Emily is an exceptional therapist. In my case, she has treated me with professionalism and compassion and has helped me address some tough personal issues. When I have needed help, she has always quickly responded to my posts and, without exception, she has given me constructive feedback. I worked with her for several months, took a break and then returned to BetterHelp and requested that I be assigned to her. BetterHelp made that reconnection happen.
Emily is fantastic. She responds quickly and thoughtfully. I have a lot of frustrations that make me sound like a broken record at times, but she never becomes frustrated with me. She always walks me through the things I'm experiencing in a way that helps me deal with the emotions.
She has been absolutely amazing. Strong, but supportive.
Emily has always been supportive and kind to me whenever I need her help. Every week she reminds me to get in touch with her to make sure I'm doing well.
Emily Schwimmer is undoubtedly an extremely competent, kind and caring counselor. She is an excellent listener, provides really helpful feedback and has been instrumental in helping me get through tough times. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing counselor!
Emily is open minded and listens to my concern. She does not criticize but helps me to see both sides of situation. She is an advocate for better health in mind, body, and spirit.
Emily you are wonderful!!!
I've been through a lot in the past year, and I'm so grateful for the ways that Emily has helped me deal with stress and grief in a way that fits into my busy schedule. It's so helpful to be able to reach out at any time of the day or night to continue our ongoing conversation about facing the daily ups and downs of life. Thank you!
She is amazing!!! Emily is always there to listen and has given me some great techniques to help manage and eliminate my anxiety. I am so glad that I got connected with her and would recommend here to anyone that needs some help!
I had a really nice experience through Betterhelp and very much enjoyed my correspondence with Emily Schwimmer. She was patient, understanding, and offered thoughts and questions that guided my reflection, as well as useful techniques for moving through emotional stuff that comes up which can occasionally act as a block. The method by which Betterhelp offers counseling was new to me, but I came with a very specific concern that I wanted to work through and felt like I was able to move through it in a short amount of time. Would recommended both the service and Emily!
I'm very grateful we were matched with Emily -- she has been fantastic for us. She's helped us address all of the concerns we came to BetterHelp with, and in a way that makes both of us feel heard and understood. I appreciate how carefully she navigates some difficult topics and quickly gets to the heart of the matter. She has offered us dozens of great tips and other resources as well. I highly recommend her as a counselor!
Emily is the best. She has helped me so much.
Emily is awesome. I feel like she is a wise friend that totally got me right off the bat. She helps me simplify my most complex problems and provides suggestions for improving my day to day life. She is a straight shooter and totally trustworthy, honest and motivating. I highly recommend her to anyone!
I wanted to take a moment and share how wonderful and attentive Emily Schwimmer is. She has an obvious passion for helping others. I know that I am not her only client but she still makes me feel very important and valid. Emily has never passed any judgement and has effectively helped me identify various emotions. In fact, she has helped me identify issues that I had not realized were negatively affecting me. Emily has been full of extremely helpful tips that I was able to immediately apply and quickly turn around to better my relationship with, both, myself and also with my boyfriend. In less than a month, my mentality has changed and I have her guidance to thank for this. She is definitely a great asset to the BetterHelp community!
Emily has been a wonderful counselor. She enlightens me on confusing subjects without making me feel judged or unimportant.
At times I don't feel like talking, or I just get busy, but she always makes it a point to check on me during those times.
She asks me questions I wouldn't think to ask myself, and address every statement I throw her way. I truly appreciate her effort and feedback.
Thank you Emily!
Emily is Godsend, she is very caring person who is interested in helping you feel better and give you real solutions to help you maintain a happy and healthy life
Emily gave me great advice on how to improve my daily life and health which is very important for me right now and focus on positive aspect that life has to offer!
Very helpful and has wonderful insights. Very open and non-judgemental. I leave every appointment feeling accomplished and looking forward to the next week ahead of me. Would definitely recommend.
I appreciate Emily's compassion and helpful suggestions for improving aspects of my life. She's great!!
Emily has been helping me overcome my insecurities. She is very helpful and patient. The breathing techniques she taught me are effective when I feel down, and I will keep doing these practices every day.
Emily is wonderful about making sure to check in with me. With the fast pace of life I often just start dealing with things on my own and it's so comforting of her to check in and make sure that I know she is there to help me! She is encouraging and so understanding. I recommend her!
Emily was terrific -- responsive, insightful, empathetic, and consistent with practical suggestions. I would work with her again and would recommend her to anyone.
I have really valued Emily's help, advice and support. Without it I am sure that I would have returned to a dysfunctional relationship. Emily has helped me to remain strong and work through my emotions rather than giving in for immediate numbing of the strong emotions that I have been feeling connected to my break up. She has helped me to understand that I don't always have to give in to my feelings and they don't have to hijack me. The fact that I could text on a night when I couldn't sleep helped me a lot, as that was when I was most vulnerable. This was mainly due to different time zones. I would highly recommend Emily as a counselor.
I feel Emily is great. She is supportive and does a lot of explaining. I find her very professional and caring about my well-being. She follows up without the need to be prompted.
Emily has offered me some great techniques for managing my stress and anxiety, as well as suggestions for addressing issues in my relationships. She is very thoughtful, checks in often, and asks great questions. Thanks, Emily!
Emily has been a huge help. She is excellent at making you feel comfortable and willing to open up. She also asks the right questions that help get to the bottom of what you're thinking about and delve further into areas you had not yet considered. She also gives actionable advice if you would like it, which made a big difference to me.
Emily has been very supportive and helpful. She understands what you need and assists you in your journey to self-awareness.
I cannot thank Emily enough for helping me with my struggles in life. I appreciate how she empathizes and connects with me. I did not know that it was manageable to get through depression and anxiety until I had my sessions with Emily. She cares about my well-being and even shared some practices with me that are so vital to my well-being. Now, I am able to face and manage my struggles and feelings rather than avoiding them. We have a long way to go, but I have a good start.
Emily has been absolutely wonderful. I feel like she's been helping me enormously with her insight, her compassion, and her guidance. She's helped me see things from a different perspective, and it's helped me quiet my inner critic and see things in a more positive and peaceful light. I couldn't recommend a therapist more highly than I do Emily. It's been a long road for me, but I'm grateful that she's helped me in my journey.
Emily is a wonderful person. She is kind, consistent and challenges me to think deeper. Her strategies give me a game plan for when I'm in the middle of a challenging situation. Her insights made me reconsider things I had subconsciously accepted as unchangeable. She helped me to restructure my destructive way of thinking. Emily helped me help myself. She is simply the best and I'm so grateful to have been paired with her!
When I first heard of this site, I was a little skeptical until I started my sessions with Emily. She really opened my eyes to the things I have been in denial about for a very long time. Most importantly, she is great at remembering little details about me, and my stories. I highly recommend her.
Emily is very caring, and provides well constructed and prompt responses. It makes all the difference to not feel alone with challenging experiences.
Emily is very kind and empathetic. She really goes to the root of the issue without making you uncomfortable. Her techniques to overcome stress were really helpful for me. Sometimes you need a solution to your problem but sometimes all you need is a listening ear/someone trustworthy to whom you can open up. I found Emily trustworthy and easy to connect with. Highly recommended!
Thank you so much!
Emily has been an asset in my journey to work through issues in my life. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive.
Emily Schwimmer is an excellent person to talk to. She really connects you with your feelings and is quick to respond. I really enjoy my time with her.
Emily is wonderful.. She is a great listener and a very prompt responder. Her approach is appropriate and sensitive to the situation and she provides constructive feedback..she asks great questions that makes you think through and process your feelings.
Emily has been an amazing support to me while I've been struggling with some deep and pervasive issues in my life. She is straightforward and honest, yet comes from a caring and respectful place. She checks back in frequently, and addresses my thoughts/feelings in an empathetic manner. I would highly reccomend Emily!
Emily has been fantastic! She responds even when I don't think she is available. She is kind and has been really helpful with the issue I have been dealing with for a number of years. She is a great listener, and many times that is what is needed the most - someone to voice your frustration to so you can get it off your chest. I am so glad I was matched up with her, she has made a real difference in how I am handing things and how I feel. Thanks, Emily!
I've only been working with Emily for just under a month, but I've already learnt so many new coping techniques and exercises, and for the first time I've really opened up about things, I feel like I could tell her anything and there would be no judgement. She's so easy to talk to and she always checks in to see how I am. It's just so nice knowing there's someone out there who you can talk to who will actually listen to you.
Emily is, by far, the best therapist I have ever had the opportunity to work with!! She really listens and she has helped me in my life in so many ways! I can't thank her enough! She's amazing!! :D
Emily is fantastic! She gives great advice and I feel no judgement from her. I felt immediately comfortable with her. She always responds in a timely matter and checks in from time to time if you haven't written in awhile.
Emily had helped me through a difficult and confusing time, asking lots of uncomfortable questions but in a very gentle manner which led me ultimately in the right direction.
She's awesome! She's very flexible with my schedule.
Emily is very thoughtful and completely nonjudgmental. She creates a safe space that makes it easy to be open and honest. She seems to genuinely care about my happiness and health.
Emily is very easy to talk to, professional, perceptive, and has the ability to get to the heart of the any issue. She's a joy to talk to and I would definitely talk with her again.
Emily's been a helpful sounding board these last few weeks as I've been trying to make space to do some problem-solving around family and work issues. She's responsive and thoughtful and great at reminding me, with just the right tone, to pause and be mindful.
I've been talking with Emily for a short while but in these past weeks she has helped me feel better in my relationship and she makes me feel comfortable. I would recommend Emily as she is patient, kind and understanding. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Emily is a wonderful person to work with! She is kind, understanding, and offers great suggestions. I have been working with her for a few months, and I already feel less stressed and more in control of my issues. I highly recommend her!
I've been working with Emily for a couple of weeks and she's been a great help. Having someone to share my thoughts with has been great and she has given me some sound advice and techniques to feel better.
Good and timely Counselor. Always ready to listen and help in various ways.
Emily has been great and is helping me become a better person.
I wasn't sure how the online chatting would go, but Emily has been wonderful. She is thoughtful, caring, insightful and really great about checking in with me. In the short time we've been working together she has given me some great tools that I can use to help me get through some of the stressors in my daily life.
To put it simply, very helpful. I have only been working with Emily for a short time now, but find it very fulfilling and calming.
I appreciate the help I'm receiving from Emily
Just what I hoped to find here. Extremely grateful for her insights and support.
Emily has been very supportive and she tries to help you deal with difficult things and see then a more positive way.
Emily helped me find my peace in life. She helped me understand and work through my emotions. My life has improved tremendously with her guidance.
I am in a very confusing time in my life. I wanted to try on-line therapy for convenient purposes, plus it felt affordable.
Emily has been working with me for a few weeks now. She is so responsive and positive. I love that she gives me exercises and helps to reassure me that my mixed emotions regarding my separation and possible divorce are normal. She's helped me to feel there might be a way to process all of this.
We are still early in on the process, but I feel hope....that feeling of hope is worth a lot to me right now. Thanks Emily!