Emily  Fornwalt
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Emily Fornwalt


Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, BC-TMH Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, RPT-S National Certified Counselor, NCC PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
North Carolina, Tennessee Accepting Online
Updated May 22, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Parenting
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Emily Fornwalt, PhD is a tele-health counselor and avid re-writer of professional statements to make them less awkward. You can judge her success with the latter here; the former will have to remain a cliffhanger for now. Emily’s clients come to her seeking relief from isolation and anxiety caused by perfection-seeking; they have critical inner voices. Emily is adamant about mindfulness and self-compassion, as she knows this is the route to freedom from perfectionism. With this, she has helped teens navigate adolescence, supported parents, and helped adults create more fulfilling lives. Emily has advanced training in online therapy, trauma, and attachment. Emily is also an affirming provider who welcomes all identities and relationship structures.

Emily focuses on her relationship with you, first and foremost. She knows that this is the single most important factor in therapy. From there, Emily blends approaches informed by neurobiology and interpersonal relationships. In session, Emily attends carefully to what’s happening moment-to-moment; she’s not afraid to address the hard stuff. She incorporates creative arts, brain/body connection, and mindfulness. A trained play therapist, creativity comes naturally to Emily. Clients leave therapy more self-compassionate, with deeper self-understanding, and with strong skills in self-expression and boundary-setting.

Emily's style is authentic, fun, and engaged. She spends time getting to know clients; they set the pace for the work. She is collaborative, partnering with clients to tailor therapy to their needs.

Emily is somewhat unique among counselors, as she has her PhD and teaches counseling part-time. She deeply values lifelong learning. Outside of therapy, she loves being outdoors (hiking, camping, running) and just exploring her hometown. She also loves traveling—wherever and whenever possible! Emily offers online sessions only and can work with clients in NC and TN where she's licensed, as well as SC where she has permission to practice.

Message to clients

You've been like this for as long as you can remember. No accomplishment or success feels like enough, and you always push yourself to be and do better. It's likely that most people think you are doing great, but on the inside you feel lonely and stressed--like ALL the time. You have an inner voice that rarely says anything nice to you, and it simply won't stop talking. You've tried ignoring it; that's its cue to get louder. You've tried positive affirmations, but they sound cheesy, and you don't believe them anyway. You're here because you need some relief. This need to do it all "right" is getting in the way of your relationships, and frankly, it's exhausting. Did you know that your inner critic serves a purpose? With me, you will learn how to hear the need through the noise and respond accordingly. We will help you build self-compassion and trust yourself. You will practice setting boundaries and asking for what you need, so that there's more space for you in your life and relationships. Releasing perfectionism will free you to make changes that bring you peace. Hope can be hard to embrace, but let's connect to see if I'm the right fit for you.


Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Emily Fornwalt is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week


Online Sessions (North Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 9am-7pm
  • Wed 9am-6pm
  • Thu 9am-5pm
  • Fri 9am-1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Tennessee)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 9am-7pm
  • Wed 9am-6pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 18 years

Northwestern University, Affiliate Faculty, 2020 - Present
Aligned Counseling and Supervision , Owner/Therapist, 2021 - Present
Truman State University, Assistant Professor, 2021 - 2022
BetterHelp, Counselor, 2020 - 2021
East Tennessee State University, Assistant Professor, 2016 - 2021

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, PhD-Counseling, 2015
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, MA-Community Counseling, 2005
Clemson University, BA-Psychology, 1999


North Carolina: S6459

Tennessee: 5318