Emily Johnson is a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, whose work is geared towards just that: couples and families. Her passion began many years ago with the rise of divorces making headlines, and families all around her trying to cope with demanding jobs, changing culture, and lack of healthy communication. Honing in on that passion, she pursued her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University in Southern California. Hitting rough patches is inevitable, and the likelihood of rough patches is even greater in first responder families. From academy to retirement, the job demands much of the first responder, including significant other and family support. Families experience the weight of lack of time with their first responder family member. Even more so, when they do have time, it is difficult to understand what their first responder family member has experienced during their shift. What they see on the outside often does not make sense and can be difficult and frustrating for extended family. Emily is passionate about helping bridge that gap. As the wife of a first responder, she has first hand perspective of seeing her husband go through an array of difficult circumstances on the job and what the transition looks like when he comes home and back into civilian life.
Emily’s experience ranges from working in a non-profit transitional housing program, with college students in a university counseling center, and is currently in a private practice setting. Emily’s practice is made up mostly of couples and families where she utilizes her training in family systems and attachment therapy to help her clients create stronger bonds with their loved ones.
Emily is a Colorado native, though she grew up in California. She is grateful to live back in her home state where she regularly seeks out new hiking and walking trails with her family. Emily expresses her creative side through her side gig as a photographer, where she loves to capture memories for people to love for years to come.
Building Warriors is a peer run nonprofit specialty group of responder counselors and peer specialists providing direct services and training to support emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and others afflicted by traumatic experience.