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The Therapist

"to become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them"

Emilie Ferran, LPC, ATR

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I am very excited to share with clients the power of Art Therapy and Neurofeedback. I utilize these two approaches because they are what I believe in and have used on my own personal journey. I don’t believe therapy is a one-size fits all model and personally found traditional talk therapy only useful to a point. I am an avid learner and student and I am passionate about helping others find that inner ease and release that comes after doing the hard work.


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I have done art for as long as I can remember. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with my Bachelors in Photography. In college I made a lasting friendship with one of my professors who taught me not only the fine art of traditional black and white photography, but the art of holding space and communicating deeply with people from all walks of life. It was in getting to know him, and seeing how he used photography to process his personal struggles that I began to realize art’s power beyond my own experience.


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After about four years and lots of soul searching, I decided to take a leap of faith. I packed up my life on the East Coast and moved to the Southwest to attend graduate school at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My graduate program was very unique in that I was asked to do a lot of the work that I will be asking you to do. The belief being; how could I help another client without really knowing myself? It was important that I learned not only my strengths, but also my limits; to challenge everything I believed in and knew about myself. I was asked to dismantle the notions of who I was taught to be and instead invited to discover who I wanted to be.


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While working towards my professional licensure in the state of Virginia I spent three years co-leading weekly adult addictions groups. I believe that addiction is a disease. Art was particularly useful for some members in the group who often found it easy to talk about what they think, but harder to talk about how they feel. I also have extensive experience working with adolescents and teens who have experienced trauma or have learning or emotional disabilities. I’ve worked at residential treatment centers and in juvenile corrections. I've witnessed first hand the impact of art therapy, and had many of my residents tell me what a difference it made in their day to day lives.