Emily M. Balazs, LICSW
Adolescents (17+), adults and older adults, couples
The decision to enter into therapy can be a difficult one to make for many reasons. Though for most people, the thought of letting oneself be vulnerable is quite uncomfortable and scary and can be enough of a deterrent to seek help.
I see therapy as an opportunity to create more space and possibility in one’s life. In my work over the past eight years I have seen that through the safety and containment of a therapeutic relationship, being vulnerable can begin to feel less frightening and can create a path towards profound healing and deeper connection with others outside of the therapy room. On this path, I seek to help people to see and know the stories they tell about themselves and others, how those stories impact their lives, how cultural messages influence how we feel about ourselves and how they have been shaped and internalized over time. Through this process, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering being experienced which then increases a sense of control and decreases the likelihood of being overtaken by emotional or psychological distress. I have found through both professional and personal experience that the more we can see the problems we face in their totality, the more we can empower ourselves to change their course.
- Addiction and co-occurring disorders
- End of life and grief/bereavement
- Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
- Relationship challenges
- LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
- Social oppression and stigmatization
- Psychotic disorders
- Mood/anxiety disorders
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My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and is based in Relational-Cultural Theory, Attachment Theory and Feminist Theory. Models of treatment that I use primarily include Narrative Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Liberation Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, but I also have experience in utilizing meditation and mindfulness based interventions as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical-Behavioral strategies and tools when needed. I have worked primarily in community based mental health programs in both the clinician and supervisory role.