Emily Stuart, M.S. Ed.
We are all made up of parts. Each part, whether striving for control, numbing uncomfortable emotions, or lashing out in anger, is doing everything in its best intention to protect the most vulnerable, extreme, or suffering parts of you. Together, we can access these parts and let them know that we are already safe, allowing for self-led healing of our innermost exiled parts. Therapy allows space for all parts of ourselves to unfold, just as we are, without judgement, striving, or urgency. It is my goal to come alongside you, holding that space for your many internal parts, pains, and big feelings.
As a therapist and as a person, I am well versed in: complex trauma; the pain, process and joys of interpersonal relationships; religious/spiritual abuse; discerning spiritual identity; and LGBTQIA identities. I graduated in May 2022 with a M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and clinically interned with The LGBT Life Center in Norfolk, VA. I’ve worked with a variety of client concerns, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief, traumatic responses, psychotic disorders, those living in non-affirming spaces, and with victims of intimate partner violence. I feel most drawn to working within the framework of Internal Family Systems therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Person-Center Therapy. However, despite education and experience, I believe you are the expert in your own inner world, and I am here to be a safe, grounding, and validating companion on your journey to healing.
I work with clients aged 18 and up in the context of individual therapy. As a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia I am under the supervision of Brooke Buck, LPC.