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Emily Rich eating disorder counselor in Seattle

ABOUT EMILY

 

I value relationships and the people I meet.
I believe one of the most important aspects of life is relationship. To feel seen, heard, and loved is at the core of every human’s needs. As such, I view every session with a client as being sacred. The relationship between client and therapist, as well as the information that is shared is something I hold very dear. As you show up authentically and vulnerably, I vow to also show up authentically and vulnerably.

I value humor and comedic relief.
Humor is something that runs through my veins and inevitably comes up in session. As we dive deep into serious and profound matters, we will likely find ourselves having moments of laughter as well. Part of living a full life includes the ability to experience the full range of emotions, perhaps including times of laughter as well as tears.

I have an extensive background in dance, and I am a lover of art.
As a former dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer, I believe artistic expression can be a powerful avenue for healing and growth. As such, I love bringing creativity into session and sometimes using more than simple “talk therapy.” In addition to my passion for artistic expression, I also have an understanding of what it’s like to be immersed in the intense and competitive world of an athlete.

Food and body stuff. I get it.
Growing up in the dance world, I also understand the pressures of body image, perfectionism, and food battles. I am incredibly passionate about helping individuals find peace with their bodies and food. Additionally, I am a firm believer that health can come in many sizes, food can and should be enjoyed, and diets are not the answer.

Family.
As a child of divorce, I understand the painful process. I also have managed to come out the other side and have a thriving marriage. Family and couple relationships can be a source of great pain as well as a source of great love and healing. This is why I am particularly passionate about working with couples and families to help them navigate transitions, challenges, and feelings of “stuck-ness.”

For fun.
I love spending my free time trying new food and new restaurants or watching TV and movies with my adorable puppy and wonderful husband.

HOW I WORK

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Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Approach, & Lifespan Integration (among others)

I utilize a combination of theories and techniques, but frequently draw from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Family Systems Theory in my work with clients. When working with couples, I primarily use EFT, as it is an evidence-based method which has been known for creating lasting change.

I am also trained in Lifespan Integration, which is a body-based method of therapy that works to heal individuals from trauma and stressful life events without re-traumatizing them.

See my FAQs to learn more about Emotionally Focused Therapy and Lifespan Integration.

 

Biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective

I work from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, which means I see individuals as whole beings. Each of these components (biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual) are interrelated and impact one another. This is why I strive to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in order to treat you in a holistic manner.

Spirituality and how people make meaning in life is something I consider to be very important. I am quite comfortable talking about spirituality in session if you wish, however if you choose not to discuss it, that’s okay too! It is up to you.

Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating

As a therapist who specializes in eating disorders, I come from a “HAES” approach, which means I believe in size diversity and reject dieting and weight loss as a solution for health.

To learn more about the Health at Every Size movement, research, and resources, visit Dr. Linda Bacon’s website.

I also draw from Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch’s Intuitive Eating approach, which is centered on moving away from the rules and regulations of the diet mentality, and getting back in touch with our bodies. Intuitive Eating is about creating a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body, and reconnecting with the body’s natural ability to regulate and care for itself.

To learn more about this approach, visit the Intuitive Eating website.

Additional training

I’ve had additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Prepare/Enrich Premarital Facilitator training, and Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy. I am also a Medical Family Therapist, which means I have specific training and experience working with doctors and patients in medical settings dealing with medical issues.

 

Some of my clinical experience

I have spent time working with children and adolescents in crisis at Seattle Children’s inpatient psychiatric unit. I have also provided psychotherapy for individuals, families, and couples ranging in ages and needs in a private practice setting in Federal Way, WA. Additionally, I have worked as a part of a holistic healthcare team in a primary care clinic, aiding doctors in their patient care and coming alongside patients and their families as they deal with a wide range of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, pain, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and more.

My credentials & associations

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University.
Medical Family Therapy Certificate, Seattle Pacific University.

AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
WAMFT Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
CFHA Collaborative Family Health Association.

Board member of Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute

 

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