Emily Tucker, LPC NCC
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I am honored to walk with you and share this experience as it is a part of the personal growth process. I am passionate about helping couples in crisis and offer several approaches including Gottman based interventions, attachment-style awareness and communication and therapy and relationship coaching can
provide resources to help partners who feel disconnected.
Welcome and thank you for stopping by my profile.
Self-guided and traditional therapy have supported my personal and professional development in relation to mindful awareness and overall wellness. Over my 20 year journey, my appreciation for the connectedness of holistic wellness-based approaches has transformed my beliefs about health, wellness, and healing.
Natural, Spiritual, Mind-Body, Integrative, Energy Work, Dream Work, Physical and Emotional Transformation, all offer important aspects of self-discovery and personal growth. Traditional or Nontraditional, there are generally similarities that we can find among many healing modalities.
When we experience challenges in life, often we appreciate our own gifts within that support us as we grow and adapt to changing circumstances and environments. Most of us however, have run into situations in which we feel our best efforts just aren't working. What has helped in the past, may not apply to new situations.
Sometimes we form habits in our thoughts and actions that initially were created to help us manage and even protect ourselves. What happens when we outgrow these practices? We can feel stuck, lost, confused or overwhelmed. This can further add to our stress and anxiety.
Some might call this a crisis, a breaking point, or simply a feeling that we are missing out on something that others seem to get.
The idea that "we don't know what we don't know" has always fascinated and yet still surprises me. I continue to witness within myself and others the discovery of the depth of our own hidden resources, like wisdom, intuition, resilience and compassion.
Currently, I am exploring and deepening my practice by integrating, the Internal Family Systems model developed by Richard Schwartz. In this model, we are never sick or broken. The condition we experience emotionally, physically, spiritually is Not pathologized in this model. We are considered multidimensional beings and often it is awareness related to these parts of ourselves that brings internal balance and connection.
The IFS model explains Self-energy exists in all of us. We all enter this world with this calm, creative, connected, compassionate, courageous Self. When Self channels these aspects of our true nature creating a sense of balance and harmony within.
Because we also each have unique parts of ourselves to work with and support us, we sometimes lose sight of our true Self energy. Our wonderful managing, protecting and playful parts of us are affected by the trauma we see around us and/or in the larger environment in the world. This becomes even more pronounced when we begin life in an abusive home, experience traumatic loss or injury or experience traumatic and life changing events without our adult development intact to help us process and work through what we experienced.
Our parts work diligently to protect us. Sometimes, working so hard, these parts lose touch with the core Self energy. When this happens, we are "blending " with the parts of ourselves. Often, we have little awareness of how much our own coping and life management strategies sort-of become our focus in Life. The parts of us that feel responsible can also feel burdened by this responsibility. Without the Self energy presence, this can become counterproductive, especially when other parts of us are outgrowing patterns and behaviors. Embracing the Internal Family Systems model allows us to work with ourselves in a multidimension way.
The Self-led Internal Family Systems model can also benefit those seeking support in their relationships. Identifying how our defenses can trigger miscommunication and conflict within relationships allows us to consider changing the way we communicate with partners and family members. The Gottman Sound Relationship House Model views relationships as a foundation of love, trust, and understanding. As the relationship grows, we learn more about ourselves.
After observing couple interactions for over 30 years, the Gottman's have identified the behaviors of healthy "successful" relationships. They have also determined which behaviors predict divorce or relationship "disasters." As a graduate of several Gottman trainings including the Level 2 for working with Couples and Bringing Baby Home, I rely heavily on the Gottman Model when working with couples.
Other therapeutic approaches and models that most influence my practice approach and philosophy include Carl Rogers' Person Centered, Internal Family Systems model developed by Richard Schwartz, and Jungian (Carl Jung) based concepts. I also frequently utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Somatic,
Strength-Based and Trauma Focused approaches and other strategies. I also have extensive training in hypnotherapy, guided meditation, and crisis intervention.
The Client leads the counseling process while I provide any helpful tools or information that may help the client process their thoughts and feelings. My primary role is often to hold compassionate Sef-led space to facilitate the inner exploration and unburdening of the client.
Sometimes while exploring our present experience, we find a trailhead directing us to revisit the past and process unresolved feelings or problems. Ultimately, the counseling process is led by the client and I am present to provide reflection, feedback, support and to suggest resources.
If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you as you achieve your goals.
For more information on these models please visit:
The Gottman Institute
Attachment Theory in Adults
Person-Centered Approach Carl Rogers
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Binge Eating
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Body Image
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Criminal Justice Involvement
- Divorce & Separation
- Family Conflict
- Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
- Gender Identity
- Grief & Loss
- Internet/Social Media Addiction
- Law Enforcement/First Responders
- Life Coaching
- Mental Health Professionals
- Neuropsychological Issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Pet Loss
- Phobias & Fears
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- Sexual Identity
- Stress/Stress Management
- Substance Use Disorders
- Suicide Loss
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
- Internal Family Systems
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Somatic Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- 12-Step Programs
- Health At Every Size (HAES)
- Hispanic Or Latino
- Military Families
- People With Disabilities
- Single Parents
- Trauma Survivors
Faith Based Specialties
- Indigenous American Religions
- Wicca / Paganism