Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Works With

Adults and Older Adults

Therapy Approach

I deeply value curiosity and self-inquiry in my work. My style is primarily conversational with some direct coaching. My knowledge and approach is based in Buddhist Psychology, Feminist Theory, Attachment Theory and Relational-Cultural Theory. I have training in many modalities including CBT, DBT, MI and Narrative Therapy. However, my training and approach is primarily based in mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and therapeutic writing/journaling for the purpose of self-exploration as well as mind-body/yogic approaches for connecting with emotion in the body.

Specialties

  • 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
  • Trauma

Get to Know

“Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” – Audre Lorde. I believe that through establishing a deep and self-affirming connection with ourselves through radical self-acceptance, self-understanding and self-compassion, we can be more equipped to boldly meet the challenges we face on both an individual and societal/cultural level. I believe that through seeking to heal and love ourselves we effectively simultaneously work towards creating more healing and love in our world.

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