Emma creates an inviting space for all ages to safely process their past experiences, present challenges, and future goals through play, conversation, and connection. She approaches her work with individuals through a strengths-based lens and She believes, as Garry Landreth states, that “toys are the child’s words, and play is their language.” She uses this framework to guide her work with children and focuses on the role of the family to promote healing and growth.
She has experience working with young children and promoting their developmental learning and exploration, assisting teens through times of crisis, and connecting family members to one another through the use of therapeutic games and activities. Her work includes assisting individuals who have experienced abuse, neglect, anxiety, depression, adoption, death of a loved one, and many other challenging circumstances. Emma is passionate about supporting individuals as they create a healthier life and is grateful to take part in this journey.
Emma received a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies through College of the Ozarks and completed her Masters Degree in Social Work through The University of Kansas while also pursuing her Certification of Play Therapy from Heartland Play Therapy.
Emma’s training includes:
The Sanctuary Model
Child-Centered Play Therapy
Trust Based Relational Intervention
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
She has two years of experience as an intern therapist and many years of experience working in a residential treatment facility. Everyone has been benefiting a lot from working with her. She has had pretty extensive training specifically with our company.