emily Kusunoki, Ba
master's student in counseling
supervised by abida minhas, lpc
Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and Literature from American University in Washington, D.C. While there, she interned with various nonprofits focused on anti-trafficking efforts, such as Urban Light and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. After a few years researching the international crises of human trafficking, she developed a greater desire to serve people on a more personal level. She then moved to Dallas in order to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Emily’s counseling process combines an interpersonal, person-centered approach with the addition of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. She believes the client is the best expert of themselves, and the counselor works as a springboard necessary for their processing and healing.
Some of Emily’s practice interests include anxiety, sexual trauma, attachment theory, family systems, and identity development. She has been trained in various methods including play therapy, group therapy, human sexuality, and counseling specific to trauma and personality disorders.
Emily recognizes the courage it takes to begin counseling and wants to create a safe space for change to occur. Her goal is to develop individualized treatment plans that meet her clients’ unique needs and help them to develop quality relationships in their lives.