Emily Otten


About Me

My name is Emily. It takes courage and motivation to seek support and I am so glad you are here. I am a mother to four children and my husband and I were licensed foster parents for 4 years.
Professionally, I am a Licensed Master of Social Work from Michigan ( LMSW) and I have been working in a counseling field since 2015. I have experience working in foster care, adolescent residential homes, outpatient, and private practice settings. During my career as a therapist, I have met with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting challenges, teen concerns, life transitions, trauma, grief/loss, abuse, self-esteem, LGBT issues, and crisis issues.

In my opinion, the client-therapist relationship is essential toward progress and I strive to create a relationship where my clients feel heard, valued, and important. I have an eclectic therapeutic approach but mostly draw from the person-centered approach when in a therapeutic relationship with my clients. This means that I make consistent efforts to meet each client "where they are" and to serve as a catalyst to each individual who is progressing through their unique process of self-discovery and self-identification. Other commonly utilized modalities I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I also utilize humanistic, holistic, experiential, narrative, and solution-focused therapy to address every patient's unique needs. I enjoy and feel honored to be a part of someone’s personal experiences, as our problems and feelings are unique and yet we are all each other's. This is the way I like to approach my sessions – as a team, addressing challenges together free from judgment, criticism, and pain; to change negative perceptions that do not serve us well; and to live a joyful and peaceful life.

I am honored to be on your team and help you overcome the challenges you are facing. I look forward to talking with you.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMSW #6801092860 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by A.M. on Jun 20, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Emily is great. I was hesitant to try out a virtual therapy platform because I have only ever done face to face therapy before but Emily has made the transition really easy. She is a great listener and frames things in a way that really click for me. She doesn’t just give answers but helps me find the confidence to come up with the answers myself. I feel supported and it’s so nice knowing that she is just a message away.

Written by M.E. on Jun 06, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

I really like Emily. Even though her advice isn't always what I want to hear, she makes it very clear that she is here too support me in my journey. Wherever it takes me. She always responds quickly, which is great since I know she had a busy life and family too.

Written by S.E. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 3 weeks

We like her very much. I’m confident that she is helpful to my daughter.

Written by M.A. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 2 weeks

Emily is very understanding and has been a joy to communicate with! She’s very helpful and knowledgeable.

Written by S.A. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and trauma and abuse

Emily helps me self reflect and find my mission. I appreciate her boost in confidence and listening ear. Gaining perspective is very helpful when I feel overwhelmed. Emily is a great coach and I look forward to sessions together.

Written by T.R. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Emily for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I'm very new to all of this, Emily has made it feel very natural and makes all my concerns feel heard. I really like our interactions