Emily Wood, MA, LMHCA, NCC

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Perhaps as a result of my work in social services, I have a keen interest in how we are shaped by our roles, relationships and experiences, and the process of equipping and championing ourselves to make the most of our lives.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, in my free time I enjoy being in nature and engage in ongoing education.  Practicing yoga for the past 8 years, I find it helpful to address the mind-body connection with some clients.
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Aviation Specialists
  • Geeks, nerds and techies -- I'm married to an engineer and can "speak your language"
  • Mood Disorders or people who have overwhelming emotions
  • Workplace Stress


By way of background, I have a degree in Psychology and completed a three-year Master’s at Seattle University's CACREP-accredited program in Community Counseling. I have seven years experience working in a variety of community mental health settings.

I’ve also undertaken specialist training and workshops in a number of inter-related areas, including trauma therapy, attachment theory, and the King County Recovery model. 

I am a licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate in the State of Washington (credential number MHCA.MC.60595125).


I operate from a Person Centered framework and believe in the fundamental healing power of relationship.  This fits well with my eclectic approach in which I borrow from attachment, person-centered, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral theories when working with clients.  

Sometimes clients seek counseling with a specific goal in mind and more often they are struggling to name an underlying worry.  They are grappling with challenges of developmental life tasks:  graduations, career development, changes in relationship, adapting after a move, settling into a new job or grieving over a deep loss.  These life events can be coupled with excitement, anxiety and depression.  My approach in any of these cases depends on a foundation of trust and mutual respect.  In the context of trust, sometimes I look to help clients make connections between early experiences and what's going on in their present life. I also tend to be strengths-based and often work with clients during sessions to feel more grounded as a way to learn to manage anxiety and think / feel more easily. My style is relational in that I believe therapy is an opportunity for support, guidance and reflection as you work on goals of your choosing.

 Pursuing counseling is a big step and it's important to find a counselor you can trust, even if therapy isn't always comfortable.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can support you in your process!

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Seattle WA