Emily Thornton 2017-06-16T19:57:41+00:00

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Emily Thornton



CSW, CYT-200

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A yogi, traveler, advocate, and friend, Emily Thornton has a number of hidden talents. Viewing her own life as an ever-evolving journey, Emily is passionate about partnering with fellow humans to explore, discover, and heal. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Fiction Writing and Master of Social Work Degree from DePaul University, Emily brings a unique and dynamic approach to therapy and believes that every individual holds the power to transform their journey and cultivate the life they dream of.

Emily has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families, including significant experience in addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, environmental stressors, and in providing parental coaching. Emily has studied trauma-informed approaches to therapy, including trauma-focused CBT, and has extensive experience utilizing DBT, narrative therapy, and a variety of other approaches rooted in empowering, humanistic, and solutions-focused theories. When working with teens, Emily likes to use art and play therapy to unlock self-expression while introducing “kid sized” coping skills and creative tools for parents.

Having spent many years doing nonprofit social justice work, Emily has worked with people from a variety of backgrounds, lived experiences, and identities. She has designed and led cultural competency trainings, and has joined with members of vulnerable populations to push back on oppressive realities and fight for much-needed change. She has also worked with folks to address personal privilege and to find realistic, impactful ways to be part of creating solutions.

For those who are coming to therapy unsure of where to begin, as well as for those who come with a clear goal in mind, Emily offers a warm and patient partnership that is purposeful enough to create results and fluid enough to allow for change. She also has developed some of WCC’s yoga programs. Emily is a graduate of the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yogaview Chicago and is currently studying trauma-focused yoga interventions for use in a variety of settings.

The decision to seek out therapy—whether for the first or fiftieth time—is brave and powerful, but it can also be scary and confusing. Emily aims to meet people wherever they are in their journey and works to build a meaningful therapeutic relationship from the very start. Emily is currently accepting new guests at the Wicker Park studio.