Emily Carleton, MA, LPC,
Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She specializes in eating disorders as well as commonly co-occuring mental health and relational issues such as depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, BPD, trauma, attachment, grief/loss, life transitions, and compulsive exercise.
Emily received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a focus in Lifespan Development from Middle Tennessee State University. She then moved west to Colorado for graduate school and studied at Naropa University in Boulder, where she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Emily’s experience in the mental health field ranges widely and includes working with under-resourced children in schools, grief counseling, and wilderness therapy. Additionally, she has taught college courses in General Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Psychology of Death and Dying. Most recently, Emily has worked in an acute eating disorder treatment setting at partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.
Emily’s approach as a therapist is trauma-informed and inspired by her extensive training in Yoga Therapy, mindfulness, and somatic-based practices that work with patterns in the nervous system (body) and neural pathways (mind). Emily also includes exploration of attachment, intersections of identity, and relationships to parts of self in eating disorder recovery. Emily believes that recovery takes time—she holds patience and trust in the process when clients feel stuck.
My Therapeutic Lens
Acknowledging that you have an eating disorder and/or patterns of disordered eating is a crucial part of recovery, which can be a challenging hurdle to cross in our diet culture world. Let’s explore the messages, stigma, and influences that have caused harm so that you can build confidence in navigating these hurdles.
It can be enticing to think about an “end goal” in recovery, but I am more interested in what you can do day-to-day to cultivate lasting change. I wish to offer practices that you can turn to in the moment— practices that take 10-20 seconds and help manage emotions or difficult situations.
I bring mindfulness and curiosity to what you experience. This can be helpful in bringing more compassion and insight to thoughts and behaviors that may have been met with shame, resentment, or hopelessness in the past.
Repairing your relationship with your body in recovery can feel daunting or even scary. Introducing mindful movement and breath practices that safely connect mind and body can remedy the “floating head” experience of being cut off from bodily sensations and ultimately cut off from the body’s intuitive wisdom.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado (LPC.0017479)
MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University
Certified Yoga Therapist with over 800 hours of training/study through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (member #68624360)
Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy training (ongoing) with Ruby Jo Walker, LCSW, SEP, CHT
Yoga of Recovery and Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy trainings
Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy training with Karen Drucker, PsyD, TEP