“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is not a flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7
Emily is a Licensed Counselor in Training (CT) by the State of Ohio who believes that every individual has intrinsic worth independent from their production, performance, or appearance. She is enrolled at the University of Dayton and is projected to graduate with a license in professional counseling (LPC) by December 2021.
Emily is enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters program at the University of Dayton. She holds dual BA degrees from Miami University in Social Justice Studies, and Media & Culture (AKA. Mass Communications). She also holds a minor in Women’s Gender Studies from the university. During her undergraduate studies she spent time researching the ways in which social media impacts the eating behaviors and body image of female media consumers.
Emily provides counseling services to individuals of all ages as well as couples and families. She is working towards specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders including, but not limited to, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, avoidant restrictive disorder, and OSFED (including the diagnoses of orthorexia and atypical anorexia). She has experience in diagnosing and treating mood disorders (anxiety, depression), trauma disorders (both single instance or developmental), and issues related to self-esteem, body-image, and media consumption. She is also interested in the LBGTQ+ population, particularly in working with LGBTQ+ Christians in their quest to develop a coherent sense of self/identity.
Emily uses an integrative approach pulling the best interventions from multiple counseling theories to meet each client’s unique needs. She pulls heavily from cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, systemic therapy and mindfulness techniques. She enjoys delving into existential therapy and feminist therapy when client needs align with these theories. Independent of theory choice, Emily’s goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental space for her clients to feel confident in voicing their lived truths.
Emily believes she, as a counselor, has an obligation to participate in social activism. She is passionate about educating the general public on eating disorder truths, and working to eradicate the accepted expression of fatphobia and size-ism in our current culture. In addition, Emily stresses the importance of intersectionality and how systems of oppression work together in ways that shape an individual’s lived experience.
When Emily is outside of the office she enjoys traveling on weekend getaways, arranging game nights with family and friends, reuniting with sorority sisters, and reading the newest books in self-help, social justice and mental health.
Emily can be reached at (614) 245-5544 or at Emily@KovacsCounseling.com.