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Emily Rich Therapist Queen Anne Seattle

ABOUT EMILY (she/her)

I value relationships and the people I meet.
I believe one of the most important aspects of life is relationship. To feel seen, heard, and loved is at the core of every human’s needs. As such, I view every session with a client as being sacred. The relationship between client and therapist, as well as the information that is shared is something I hold very dear. As you show up authentically and vulnerably, I vow to also show up authentically and supportively.

I value humor and comedic relief.
Humor is something that runs through my veins and inevitably comes up in session. As we dive deep into serious and profound matters, we will likely find ourselves having moments of laughter as well. Part of living a full life includes the ability to experience the full range of emotions, perhaps including times of laughter as well as tears.

I have an extensive background in dance, and I am a lover of art.
As a former dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer, I believe artistic expression can be a powerful avenue for healing and growth. As such, I love bringing creativity into session, often using more than simple “talk therapy.” In addition to my passion for artistic expression, I also have an understanding of what it’s like to be immersed in the intense and competitive world of an athlete.

Food and body stuff. I get it.
Growing up in the dance world, I also understand the pressures of body image, perfectionism, and food battles. I am incredibly passionate about helping individuals find peace with their bodies and food. Additionally, I am a firm believer that health can come in many sizes, food can and should be enjoyed, and diets are not the answer.

As a child of divorce, I understand the painful process. I also have managed to come out the other side and have thriving relationships. Family and couple relationships can be a source of great pain as well as a source of great love and healing. This is why I am particularly passionate about working with couples and families to help them navigate transitions, challenges, and feelings of “stuck-ness.”

For fun.
I love spending my free time trying new food and new restaurants or watching TV and movies with my adorable dog and loved ones.

Land Acknowledgment
My business is located on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, past and present. I honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.


here's the gist

Theories and approaches

In my client-centered work, I utilize a combination of theories and techniques, but frequently draw from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)/attachment science, Family Systems Theory, Parts Work (IFS and TIST), and Somatic/Body-Based Approaches in my work with clients.

When working with couples, I primarily use EFT, as it is an evidence-based method which uses attachment theory and has been known for creating lasting change.

My somatic/body-based approaches include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Lifespan Integration, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), all of which are powerful body-based methods for treating unresolved trauma and stressful life events without re-traumatizing. 

See my FAQs to learn more about some of these approaches.

I am committed to social justice work and providing culturally competent care, which includes my own anti-racism work. I also provide LGBTQIA+ affirming care. 

I regularly pursue ongoing learning and training in an effort to provide the best and most effective care I can. Additional training is listed below.

Biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective and collaborative care

I work from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, which means I see individuals as whole beings. Each of these components (biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual) are interrelated and impact one another.

This is why I strive to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in order to treat you in a holistic manner. Often, this includes consultation and communication with other members of your healthcare team to best support you.

Spirituality and how people make meaning in life is something I consider to be very important. I am quite comfortable talking about spirituality in session if you wish, however if you choose not to discuss it, that’s okay too! It is up to you.

Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating

As a therapist who specializes in eating disorders, I come from a “HAES” approach, which means I believe in size diversity and reject dieting and weight loss as a solution for health. I do not believe the size and shape of one’s body is an accurate indicator of health, and I strive to create safety for all body sizes.

To learn more about the Health at Every Size movement, research, and resources, visit ASDAH’s website.

I also draw from Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch’s Intuitive Eating approach, which is centered on moving away from the rules and regulations of the diet mentality, and getting back in touch with our bodies. Intuitive Eating is about creating a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body, and reconnecting with the body’s natural ability to regulate and care for itself.

To learn more about this approach, visit the Intuitive Eating website.

Additional training

 I’ve had additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Prepare/Enrich Premarital Facilitator training, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Enneagram theory, Expressive Arts Therapy Techniques, Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST).

I am also a certified Medical Family Therapist, which means I have specific training and experience working with doctors and patients in medical settings dealing with medical issues.

I continually seek further training and learning to provide effective and up to date care.

Some of my clinical experience

Prior to opening my private practice in 2016, my clinical experience included the following: working with children and adolescents in crisis at Seattle Children’s inpatient psychiatric unit, providing psychotherapy for individuals, families, and couples ranging in ages and needs in a private practice setting in Federal Way, WA, and working as a part of a holistic healthcare team in a primary care clinic. This involved aiding doctors in their patient care and coming alongside patients and their families as they dealt with a wide range of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, and more.

Published work: Contributing Author, A Practice Beyond Cultural Humility: How Clinicians Can Work More Effectively in a Diverse World. Chapter 13: “Body Size and Health: Using the ORCA-Stance to Counteract Weight Discrimination” Published by Routledge.

My credentials & associations

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University.
Medical Family Therapy Certificate, Seattle Pacific University.

AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
WAMFT Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
CFHA Collaborative Family Health Association.
ASDAH Association for Size Diversity and Health.