Emily Teegarden, MS, LPCC

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I am a licensed professional 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 issues, and process addictions.

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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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 consult regularly with a local eating disorder specialist to stay informed about the population and the best evidenced-based practices used to treat eating disorders in an outpatient setting. 

As I navigated through my graduate program, I became increasingly interested in process, or behavioral, addictions. These are non-chemical addictions such as gambling, sex, pornography, and video game addictions. Individuals struggling with these issues seem to be under-served in the counseling community because there is a great deal of misunderstanding around them. I also specialize in working with process addictions and regularly research and read about the unique issues that accompany them.

I utilize several different theoretical orientations in my therapeutic approach such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief 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 work in conjunction with these professionals in order to ensure that the client receives well-rounded care.

 

 
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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.

 
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Process addictions (or behavioral addictions) are often misunderstood by society. I provide a safe place for my clients who struggle with process addictions to examine their behaviors and the emotions related to those behaviors. I make it a point for each client to examine the unique triggers that may be influencing their process addictions and work with them to implement coping mechanisms when they are feeling vulnerable.

I utilize a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach when working with process addictions. I work with the client to create a treatment plan that is unique to each individual and their situation. I collaborate with the client to examine their behavioral patterns and cycles and formulate a plan of action to interrupt those cycles. 

 

 
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In addition to working with individuals struggling with disordered eating and process addictions, I also provide individual counseling for individuals struggling with a variety of issues such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem insecurity, and low perceived body image. I also have experience working with individuals who are survivors of domestic violence and have provided anger management services.

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. 

Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all model. I work with each client to create a treatment plan that is unique to their individual needs. 

 
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