Emily Ruth McIntosh - Therapist Intern

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Emily Ruth McIntosh - Therapist Intern

"The spontaneous movement in all of us is toward connection, health, and aliveness. No matter how withdrawn and isolated we have become, on the deepest level, just as a plant spontaneously moves toward sunlight, there is in each of us an impulse toward connection and healing."

-Dr. Laurence Heller

Since a young age I’ve been deeply interested in humans, our variety of experiences, and how they shape us. I began supporting clients in 2011 after seeking healing and training related to my own personal losses and trauma. I facilitated grief groups and shared transformative practices with others for several years. I also served parents experiencing infant loss or child loss and discovered my dedication to holding space for couples and families in complex transitions.

I am currently finishing a Master's degree in Marriage & Family therapy with an emphasis in Trauma (prior B.S. in Marriage & Family Science). My therapeutic approach is practical, co-creative and depth oriented. I meet clients where they are and help them discover more about themselves by providing space for exploration and inquiry. I value curiosity, agency and heartfulness in the work we do together. While I appreciate the formal education I've received, many of my most important lessons have come through navigating my personal work and witnessing others process theirs. These experiences continue to teach me the importance of being present for clients not only as a clinician, but also as a fellow life traveler. I honor the innate wisdom of the human body and spirit, and keenly feel the privilege that it is to hold such space.

In my free time, I enjoy road trips, renovating historic homes, and thrift store shopping. I recently took up painting and (while quite awkward and unskilled), I love it. When not doing these things, you'll find me hosting the podcast "Transforming Trauma" for the NARM Training Institute, interviewing and learning from experts in the field of mental health. I currently live in Mesa, AZ with my husband Nick, and our three living sons.

*Emily is currently under supervision with Mark Bell LMFT

Emily’s specialties of practice:

  • Grief
  •  Developmental Trauma
  • Shock/Single Event Trauma
  • Attachment/Relational Issues
  • Divorce
  • Child Loss
  • Infertility
  • Blended Families
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Body Image/Self Image
  • Parenting
  • Betrayal
  • Body/Mind mindfulness
  • Somatic/Nervous System regulation

Emily has experience working with Elders, Adults, Teens, and Parents/Children.