Clinical Director | Therapist
The decision to come to therapy is personal and takes both vulnerability and courage. As we work to create a life of meaning and purpose, we face anxiety, uncertainty, and other life stressors along our way. If our discomfort outweighs our ability to enjoy life, or our coping skills become outdated or less effective, therapy can be a turning point to help redirect you down a path of your choosing. Therapy can help you gain a sense of control over your life and emotional well being. As a therapist I work to provide a safe, supportive, and judgment free space for client’s to begin their journey to healing and self-exploration.
I graduated from Northwestern University's Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2018. Prior to that I received my B.A in Sociology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts (2006). As a counselor, I work with adults using Person Centered and Psychodynamic approaches to help facilitate change and growth through increased insight and awareness into the impact of past experiences and beliefs on present thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also work to incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness approaches that are tailored to your specific treatment goals and values.
I specialize in mood disorders, trauma, adjustment issues, and chronic pain. I am trained in both EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), both evidence based interventions used to treat PTSD and reduce distress related to other traumatic events. Outside of my own practice, I also work for the Central Iowa Trauma Recovery Center in Des Moines, where I provide individual counseling for victims of crime in Iowa.
Emily Elliott, MA, tLMHC, NCC, tCADC
I completed my Master's degree coursework in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University, graduating in 2021. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC), and Temporary Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (tCADC). I am also trained in EMDR and Perinatal Mental Health.
As a therapist it is vital for me to see the world through your eyes and your lived experiences. I offer integrative and unique treatment modalities based on your personal preferences, often integrating feminist and multicultural theoretical orientations. I view the therapy space as a collaborative experience and enjoy incorporating creative concepts including EMDR, yoga, Brainspotting, mindfulness, and movement, in addition to traditional talk therapy, journaling, and CBT.
My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, grief, parenting, perinatal loss, recovery, sexuality, and trauma. I am a member of the Health at Every Size community and undergoing training to become a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor in 2021. As a trauma centered therapist with a background in neuroscience, I use best practices to help clients heal from painful experiences at their own pace.
Office and Marketing Manager
I am a graduate of DePaul University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I spent several years as a teacher; first in music classrooms, then privately in my home. I went on to raise her three boys while running my own health coaching business.
I am now using my skills to create and direct marketing, social media, and general office wizardry for Good Life Therapy. If you have questions about an appointment, I'm happy to help you out.
I love contributing to a happy healing space: a calm, positive environment where people can work on their own journey of living a good life. My good life includes family, knitting, hiking, reading, and a whole lot of coffee.