Emma Denning, LPC
“We’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honour who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance! How about it?” The Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who
The path of healing is rewarding and intimidating, and seeking the best therapist for your needs is challenging work.
Creating a warm and welcoming environment is what I consider key to being able to better explore what you decide to bring into the room. I work with clients in exploring all aspects of their identities so that they can leave the therapy space better able to live fuller, more enriching lives. My main priority with clients is the quality of our relationship; building and deepening this connection by celebrating clients' strengths and victories, and being my honest and authentic self as their therapist.
My work is centered around neurodiversity and trauma-affirming care, frequently assisting people change their codependent relationship habits and chronic people-pleasing. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, which is a thoroughly researched method for addressing trauma that has gone unprocessed, and supports the brain’s natural healing process. Clients can expect to work on emotion regulation and processing, Mindfulness, Identity exploration, and shaping their life story. I view romantic relationships from an Attachment theory lens and assist couples with navigating their attachment to each other and how they want to shape their future. It is important to me that you are able to gain practical skills from the experience of therapy that will improve your quality of life.
As someone with an ADHD brain, I know just how difficult it can be to find someone that is open to understand your experience in the world. I consider it a privilege to be given to chance to witness what clients bring into session and experience some of their journey with them. This is why I try to bring my very real and flawed self into the room. Being Non-Binary myself, I have enjoyed assisting others in exploring their gender identity and self-expression, and how these parts of ourselves are influenced by a world that wants us to be cisgender. I understand what it feels like to rarely "fit in" with the other kids and to be expected to be something you are not. I actively view my practice as a therapist as a way to resist patriarchal standards, and sharing your experience is your way of rebelling against those who want you to keep the best parts of yourself hidden.
I’ve lived in Texas my entire life: moving from Houston to Austin to pursue my education in Psychology at The University of Texas, and then staying in order to achieve my Master’s in Counseling at St. Edward’s. My free time is filled with yoga, gaming of all kinds, and sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I cherish the time I get to spend with my friends, partner, and my wonderful animals.
Please reach out you’d like to chat more about how we could work together to accomplish your goals. I look forward to it!
Favorite Ice Cream: Creole Cream Cheese
#1 thing on your bucket list: Go stargazing in the Australian Outback
Dream Vacation: To see the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh
Favorite part about working at Therapy Austin: The sense of community! I love how connected the counselors are here.
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Area of Expertise
Sense of humor, direct and upfront
Trauma-informed and LGBTQAI+ affirming
People-pleasing and perfectionism