Master of Social Work, LICSW, Psychotherapist

Locations: The Lakeside Center, Telehealth

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Emily Bastian


Emily has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg University and is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, in a variety of settings and roles. She has experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness and housing stability, substance use concerns, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, chronic and terminal health diagnoses, grief and loss, secondary trauma, justice involvement and life transitions.

Emily’s therapeutic practice is anchored in Radical Acceptance, Harm Reduction, Allyship, and the belief that given the time, resources, support and opportunity, all individuals have the ability to heal. Emily’s style has been described as safe, authentic, real, non judgemental, straightforward, empathic and fun.

Therapeutic modalities most commonly used in Emily’s work are: Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Feminist, Humanistic, Attachment and Narrative. Creating a safe and welcoming space, that is trauma-informed and non-judgemental, is important in developing a therapeutic alliance in which the hard and important work can be done.

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