ABOUT

Background

Emily received her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. She is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has over 10 years of experience engaging with children and families to promote emotional and mental wellness. Emily utilizes a holistic approach to identify clients' goals. She establishes a safe and trusting relationship to begin the therapeutic journey. In therapy, her emphasis is building on clients' strengths to improve individual and family functioning, and discovering resilience in the healing process. 


Emily's clinical specialty is perinatal mental health. In the Niagara Region, there are limited services for pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety -- but women and their families no longer need to feel alone. 

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) 
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) 
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) 

Chat with Emily

Q: Why did you become a Social Worker?

Helping others is in my soul; it's an innate part of who I am. 

Q: What made you specialize in Perinatal Mood Disorders?

I had severe hyperemesis gravidarum during my pregnancy. (Yes -- like Duchess Kate.) I was unable to eat or drink due to constant vomiting. I remember sitting on my bathroom floor just focusing on the minutes, because the hours and the days felt too overwhelming. I was bedridden and, after losing 20% of my body weight, I was hospitalized. I had well-meaning people tell me to "eat crackers," but they were so out of touch with my reality. I fought really hard during my pregnancy for my baby and my own health. 


It is through my firsthand experience that I became empowered to advocate and support other families through the perinatal period.  

Q: What is your approach to parenting?

I have spent a lot of time, both professionally and personally, exploring different parenting philosophies. My approach takes into consideration the physiological, emotional, and biological needs of infants, children, and their families.  I want to help parents bond with their babies to promote attachment. It is especially important that the adults have balance and wellness in their lives so that they may be their best selves. 

Q; What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy building a therapeutic relationship with my clients so that they feel safe to share their stories.  I am humbled and amazed by the human capacity to overcome adversity with the right support.  The best part of my job is seeing firsthand the transformation and healing process.