-Adults & Adolescents (age 12+)
-Relationship Issues (polyam affirming)
-Sex & Body Positive
-Fandom & Alternative Culture Affinity
-Attachment/Family of Origin
-Anxiety & Depression
-Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
*Couples and Family Therapist
*Sex Therapist in Training
Emily Grossmann, LMFTA
“I don’t need you to respect me; I respect me
I don’t need you to love me; I love me
But I want you to know you could know me
If you change your mind”
-Change Your Mind, Steven Universe
At the core of my practice, I believe that every person experiences their own unique reality as a result of their lived experiences, and that no one reality is more or less valid than another. You are the expert on your experiences, and I strive to travel alongside you to understand and shape your reality.
I think that engaging with fictional stories can help us make sense of our lived experiences, so I want to know about the stories that have meaning for you. I strive to build a safe, supportive relationship with my clients in order to give you the space for sharing and exploring your stories.
Every human being has their own story, and new chapters are constantly being written, developed, and added to the bookshelf of our lives.
My work is always based in a social justice & anti-oppression framework; above all, I hope to help my clients find their agency and see themselves as inherently valuable, independent of their ability to be “productive”. Culture provides scripts and templates for how people “should” be, and I believe that identifying how these scripts might repress our authentic selves is important in the journey to free ourselves from expectations that hold us back. As a queer-identifying person, I particularly enjoy working with queer and gender nonconforming adults and adolescents and always work from a health at every size (HAES) approach.
When working with individuals, I use elements of CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy to help clients map out and restructure the stories of their lives. Each client has different needs, so I customize my interventions to the individual or system as I learn from them about their lived experience.
When working with partners and families, I am primarily informed by attachment and family systems theory, and use emotionally focused techniques and interventions (EFT). In each session, I focus on patterns of interaction that people often fall into and in-the-moment emotions to help couples and families create new ways of interacting and understanding each other.
Professional training & memberships...
Emily is in-network with most Premera, Cigna, LifeWise, Anthem and other Blue Cross plans.
50-minute session for individuals: $150
50-minute session for couples: $150; 80-minute session for couples: $225.
*note: the first session (after the 20 minute intro) for couples is 2 hours long in order to do a "relationship inventory", a vital part of PACT therapy and is $275. We will discuss this in the intro session.
I have experience working as a child, youth, and family therapist in a community mental health practice. I found it particularly rewarding to work with queer and transgender adolescents and their families through issues related to conflict, coming out, suicidal ideation, psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, and major life transitions. I also worked with couples experiencing cultural differences, relational conflict, and communication issues.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Whitman College and my Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. I am licensed in the state of Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (credential #MG61096960) and am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).