Dr. Sarah E. Carlson, LPC-S, RPT-S, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Emily Phillips, M.S., LPC Associate, CTMH-A has over 6 years experience working with children and adolescents in various settings. Her different titles and roles have included pre-school teacher, mentor for teenage mothers, TA for college students, and her favorite: play therapist.
Her work experience includes working with children, adolescents, teens, parents, and adults with various mental health concerns at UNT's Counseling and Human Development Center. Additionally, she provided counseling services and crisis intervention to children and adolescents with experiences of trauma at a domestic violence shelter in Denton, TX. Emily also has experience providing telemental health and is considered a Certified Telemental Health -Associate . She has provided virtual sessions to children, teens, and adults as well as running a virtual parenting group during the pandemic.
Emily earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas, the top-ranked play therapy program in the world. Aside from Play Therapy, Emily also received extensive training in Activity Therapy, Adolescent Counseling, and Child Parent Relationship Training. Emily completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology.
Emily's counseling style reflects her belief that everyone (no matter the age) has the capability within themselves to live their most authentic life. Emily utilizes a person centered technique where she believes that true healing and growth is possible within the context of a warm and supportive relationship. Emily's goal is to make you feel accepted and understood as you work through your struggles and allow you the choice of what we focus on in session. Emily utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities including play therapy, activity therapy, talk therapy, sand tray, mindfulness, and expressive arts to meet you exactly where you are.
Emily is currently serving full time in the role as a Site Coordinator for Communities In Schools where she is placed at a middle school in Plano. In this role, she gets the privilege of supporting students in the school setting by providing counseling, peer support groups, academic assistance, financial, and basic need resources.
In the new year, Emily's goal is to do more of what she loves: play therapy. She is planning to do this by starting to see clients at Mighty Oaks after school and providing play therapy and activity therapy to children and adolescents.
Born from her experience professionally and personally, Emily's specialities and interests include struggles with perfectionism, highly sensitive persons (HSPs) ,anxiety, self-esteem and body image, spirituality and religion, teen pregnancy, trauma, and other mental health concerns. Emily is also passionate about educating and working with clients to develop healthy boundaries and positive relationships.
Emily lives in Dallas and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their chocolate lab, practicing yoga, trying new teas, and doing all things creative.
Emily spends her time working at Wilson Middle School in Plano ISD, with Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region. This program provides additional social and emotional support to students and families, many that the Texas Education Agency deems "at-risk". To read more about CIS Dallas, please click here.
In 2021, Emily plans to begin play therapy services at Mighty Oaks. She is overjoyed to be a part of Mighty Oaks and would consider it a gift to work with you or your child.
Contact Emily: 469.666.4599