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Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Works With

Adults and Older Adults

Therapy Approach

At this time, the primary modes of treatment that I use (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) are aimed at building and strengthening your ability to sit with uncomfortable thoughts/emotions and training yourself to cultivate non-resistant and non-judgmental responses to these experiences that are based in your values. I believe that these approaches allow us to develop a more compassionate relationship with ourselves and others and builds our resiliency towards the inevitable challenges in life. My approach also stems from a knowledge base in Buddhist Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Feminist Theory.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality

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. Often in life we can be our own worst enemy. I enjoy helping people learn how to get out of their own way and let go in order make space for a truer, more free and deeper version of themselves. Whether your struggle is with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem or a major life transition it is often the way that we respond to these difficult experiences that create the most suffering.

Kenneth Bitner, LICSW