Emily Greasamar, LCSW (she/her)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#C016439)
Trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Trained in Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling
MSW, East Tennessee State University
Accepting New Clients!
Session format options:
Virtual / Telehealth
Emily Greasamar is a couples and individual therapist with experience in helping clients overcome a variety of relational and life stressors. While Emily specializes in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues, Emily's wide range of experience includes improving women’s mental health, supporting the psychosocial needs of families, and helping men address stereotypes of masculinity and self-concept. Before joining Redfish, Emily worked in an integrated behavioral health team at a pediatric clinic, and provided in-home trauma treatment services for families and children. This is where she found her passion for the power of attachment, and began pursuing training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT).
Emily helps clients navigate the things blocking them from a purposeful life, and helps clients break down barriers to secure connections. Her person-centered approach helps couples and individuals make sense of dysfunctional behaviors and communication patterns that can turn into runaway cycles. Emily helps clients address not just the symptoms of these cycles (like anxiety, low self-esteem, communication barriers, and intrusive thinking), but the cycles themselves. This may involve examining how our perceptions and the ways we connect with others are shaped by early life experiences. In your work with Emily, she will help you integrate coping skills, challenge negative thought patterns and identify their roots, engage in strategic self-reflection, practice kindness, and form healthy attachment that fosters a sense of connection. Emily has seen powerful healing emerge in her work with clients as they address these tasks.
Emily specializes particularly in helping clients with communication breakdowns, codependency, attachment issues, distress tolerance, inner-healing work, coping skills, life transition, self-esteem, relational trauma, purpose, young adult issues, anxiety, and other related mental health concerns.
Attachment & Codependency
Couples & Premarital
Generalized & Social Anxiety
Young Adult Issues
"Entering the helping profession seemed like...
less of a choice and more like a destination I was bound to. I come from a region where the resources to
address issues of emotional, relational, and behavioral health were limited. This led to me witnessing many
around me struggling to discover and develop the skills needed to flourish both emotionally and in the ways they communicate and connect with others. I often watched as the consequences of not having access to this information or healthy tools led people to develop mental health concerns, harmful substance use patterns, or unhealthy relationships that caused them lots of pain.
Secure relationships are a basic human need. From the work of Sue Johnson (founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples) to that of Abraham Maslow (the "Maslow's Hierarchy" guy), we can't escape how central our bonds with others are. Studies show that our attachments to others can be predictors of our abilities to self-regulate, engage in effective cognitive processing, function meaningfully both socially and occupationally, and tolerate stress. Combined with the ways our relationships have been scientifically shown to impact mental and physical health outcomes, how could we miss the importance of this one aspect of our lives? Yet too often, many of us are deprived from emotional health and relational security. This can change, though.
Interpersonal Neurobiology shows that our brains grow throughout our lifespan, and that the impacts of our experiences are NOT irreversible. We don't have to sit in the back seat, while our attachment wounds control how our lives unfold. Life can be so scary, isolating and sometimes daunting. I get it - said best by the infamous Taylor Swift - all too well! Yet, how cool is it that we know we can reshape the way we think and how we connect to our mind, body, and relationships!?
In our sessions together, you can increase your emotional regulation abilities, break down walls of anxiety and depression, learn how to communicate and connect effectively, and create a positive cognitive framework for yourself and your relationships. These steps can mean real change that leads to healing from attachment wounds and traumatic experiences, renewed confidence when life forces you to adjust, or the strength you need to have that conversation or maybe set those long overdue boundaries.
My job is to support you in increasing your overall quality of life and the relationships in it. I tailor a warm, hopeful, evidenced-based, humor-infused, relational approach to therapy. I rely on modalities such as Person-Centered Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These complimentary approaches help my clients embrace and create their most authentic selves and best relationships! I am passionate about helping clients who wish to be free from the pain of past experiences or learned behaviors, and create something new.
Outside of work, you will find me supporting my two very-loved fur-children's extravagant lifestyles. I love any activity that includes warm weather and sunshine. I enjoy spending time with my support system and catching up on the latest episode of the Bachelor! I appreciate learning about human development and cultural experiences, and hope to eventually obtain a PhD.