ABOUT

Background

Emily received her Bachelor of Social Work degree and Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. She is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Postpartum Support International. She has over 13 years of experience engaging with children and families to promote emotional and mental wellness.

 

Supporting women and families through the reproductive period is Emily’s clinical focus. She is a passionate maternal mental health advocate and strives to build the circle of support for women and their families. She has provided training to midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, and others who interface with women to help build awareness and community capacity. 


Emily enjoys speaking engagements. If you are interested in having her talk to your agency or in the community, please feel free to contact her. 

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) 
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) 
  • Postpartum Support International 

PERINATAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  •  Advance Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training, Postpartum Support International  
  • Traumatic Birth: Beyond the Basics, PATTCh  
  • 8th Annual Tackling Depression Conference, St. Joes Hospital   
  • Perinatal Loss- A Framework for Therapists, Bina Bird, LMFT  
  • Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience Among African American Mothers, Maternal Mental Health NOW
  • Beyond Trauma 101: A Phase Model for Complex Trauma and Strategies for Managing Disassociation
  • Bringing Light to Motherhood, Maternal Mental Health NOW   
  • Maternal Mental Health 101, 2020 Mom 
  • Fatherhood and Attachment, Maternal Mental Health NOW 
  • Intersectionality in Perinatal Mental Health, Maternal Mental Health NOW 


COMING SOON- Emily will be taking EMDR training for trauma

Chat with Emily

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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.

Emily talking about services

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LIVE WITH EMILY

ABOUT THERAPY

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Emily Chats about what to expect in Therapy.

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SEX AFTER BABY

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Marie-Eve Nackers, PT: Pelvic Floor Therapist. 

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PLAYFUL PARENTING

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Heather Boyd, OT, Infant Sleep, Child Development.


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HOW TO LOOSEN UP

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 GENEVIEVE DOIRON, RMT-BIRTH DOULA 

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GROWING FROM HEAD TO TOE

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Shelley Mannell, PT

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CHANGING THE MESSAGE

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Emily chats about what message women need to hear. 

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