Emily Thoenen


About Me

Are you overwhelmed with anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, feel stuck or burnt-out, struggling with relationship issues, or feel confused about your purpose? While these feelings are part of being human, they can sometimes overwhelm us and affect our ability to thrive. We all need support and guidance to move through pain, and to learn tools that can help us move through challenges with more ease and grace. Change can be scary, but change is also potential for growth. I can provide a safe, calm, and non-judgmental environment that supports your healing.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development from Missouri State University in 2002 and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2013. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2017, licensed by the State of Missouri. Prior to licensure I worked from 2006-2019 with adults and children working within the Missouri state foster care system. I became an expert in trauma through this system and collaborations with Franklin County Community Resource Board and Franklin County Cares; which I was a founding member of. I received the Mary Ellen award by Franklin County CASA for my work within the foster care system in 2019 and received recognition from Beyond Consequences as a Trauma Trailblazer in the Franklin County, MO area.

My experience along with my education provides me with the skills to assist you through your therapy journey. I use effective strategies such as mindfulness, trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and marital/couples counseling techniques.

Are you ready to feel better, know yourself more, open to clearing stuck emotions from past negative experiences, and want to live authentically? You CAN thrive and regain hope, inspiration, joy, and energy for life and I would be honored to walk alongside you through this journey.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #2017032700 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Written by J.E. on May 03, 2021 after counseling with Emily for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Emily is a down to earth therapist. She was able to provide me with a warm feeling of acceptance as well as help me reframe my thoughts. One of the things I appreciated most about our time together was our ability to communicate openly and honestly in regards to my therapy, but also in our relationship.

Written by K.I. on Feb 10, 2021 after counseling with Emily for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Emily is so fantastic! She is very understanding, flexible, and gentle. She validates my feelings but at the same time, is honest and has given me strategies that have helped me heal in difficult times. I am so lucky to have her as my therapist as she has helped me to grow into a more confident individual.

Written by L.I. on Oct 29, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and self esteem

Emily is thoughtful and seems to genuinely care about me