Emily West is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker who specializes in working with young adults and their families. Her clients experience a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, loneliness, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, adjusting to life changes, problematic family dynamics, and generally feeling overwhelmed by life.
She believes that therapy is much more than just helping unhappy people be less unhappy. Therapy is about working together toward the contentment and happiness that can come through expanding our understanding and acceptance of ourselves. Emily was inspired to become a psychotherapist by her experiences with therapy and the profound changes it has helped bring about in her life and in the lives of others. Practicing psychotherapy is a privilege.
Emily practices integrative psychotherapy, drawing on approaches to therapy that complement and support one another. Her foundation is in Relational Psychotherapy and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Each client is unique, and clients' needs often change throughout the course of therapy. Emily's integrative approach allows her the flexibility to meet clients where they are at any point in their work together.
Emily is currently offering remote sessions and is waiting along with everyone else to return to her office in Dupont Circle!
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Self esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Emily West is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Catholic University, MSW
Barnard College, Columbia University, BA
She communicated clearly, and I felt she really listened to me." - Zencare client • September 2020
Emily is everything I wanted in a therapist and more! I’ve only met with her a few times, but I’ve already learned something about myself." - Zencare client • June 2020