Emily Teegarden, MS, LPCC

Welcome!

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor working at Waybridge Counseling Services, with locations in Anderson and Blue Ash, Ohio. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, self-esteem concerns, and body image insecurities.

I am passionate about providing my clients with a safe space to explore and process their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Feel free to explore my website to learn more about the counseling services I provide.

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About Me

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I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. I then went on to receive my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Kentucky University in 2016. The first time that I found myself wanting to be a therapist was when I was in the eighth grade. I knew that I wanted to help others and have always been drawn to the helping professions. 

I entered my graduate program at Northern Kentucky University knowing that I wanted to specialize in working with eating disorders. I quickly realized that I was the only student in my cohort with a specific interest in working with body image issues and disordered eating patterns. I began to research and read about eating disorders and this only confirmed that I wanted to serve this population. I am passionate about self-acceptance and found this to be a perfect fit in working with this population. 

I utilize several different theoretical orientations in my therapeutic approach such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. When working with individuals struggling with disordered eating patterns, I suggest that they seek services from a registered dietitian and/or a medical doctor. I consult regularly with these professionals to ensure that my clients are receiving well-rounded care.

In addition to providing counseling services, I also am an adjunct professor for the Counseling and Human Services Program at Northern Kentucky University. 
 

Eating Disorders

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While working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, I provide a safe space in which each client can process their thoughts and emotions surrounding their relationship with food. I work with my clients to examine their eating patterns and to implement alternative behaviors and coping skills to change those patterns. I often utilize narrative therapy techniques while working with clients experiencing disordered eating. Narrative therapy focuses on each client authoring a new story for themselves. In other words, who you've been doesn't have to be who you will always be.

I frequently refer my clients who struggle with disordered eating to seek consultation from a registered dietitian and a medical doctor. Eating disorders are mental and emotional at their core, but they have the potential to disrupt overall physical and nutritional well-being. 

I often work closely with the families of my clients who experience disordered eating. Incorporating family members into therapy is beneficial, as it invites the family to become a part of treatment and the client's recovery.

I work with individuals who struggle both with eating disorder diagnoses such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder and individuals who struggle with unhealthy relationships with food. Examples of this include folks who frequently diet, overexercise, and place a large emphasis on what they eat, and when they eat it. 

 

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Body Image and Self-Esteem

In addition to working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, I also provide individual counseling for individuals struggling with self-esteem struggles and body image insecurities. 

My overall goal is for my clients to feel safe and comfortable discussing and processing their thoughts and emotions in session. I often utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when working with individual clients and assist them in looking for evidence for their faulty or irrational beliefs and, ultimately, collaborate with them to create less defeating thoughts and beliefs. 

Our relationships with our bodies and with ourselves are important because they never go away. We have to live in our bodies for as long as we're alive and life is much easier if we're able to like and accept who we are and what we look like.

 

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Individual Counseling

In addition to treating eating disorders, body image insecurities, and self-esteem concerns, I also work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and who have experienced a trauma. Oftentimes, these struggles occur simultaneously with disordered eating and self-esteem issues. My approach to working with anxiety, depression, and trauma is to provide the client with a space in which they feel comfortable sharing and processing their thoughts and emotions, while also providing them with new tools and coping skills to reduce anxiety and improve their overall mood.