Emily Bitner

LCPC, NCC, RYT 500

Background


I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University and studied meditation and yoga in the U.S. and India. Yoga and mindfulness techniques in client sessions can be incorporated right from the comfort of the counseling couch. In addition to working with individual clients, I offer mental health-focused yoga/mindfulness classes, workshops as well as speaking on yoga and mindfulness as it connects to mental health. 

Clinical Approach

As an integrative psychotherapist, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches I’m trained in to help guide clients in achieving their goals for therapy. My approach emphasizes the whole person, not just thoughts, and behaviors, but truly the mind, body, and spirit in counseling. I incorporate Psychodynamic interventions, Mindful Cognitive Behavioral tools, and Motivational Interviewing, Coaching and Somatic Interventions. Additionally, I can provide Mindfulness Coaching,  spiritually integrated counseling for clients who seek to discuss their spirituality or faith as part of the counseling process, Hypnosis and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. 

A Different Approach to Therapy: Yoga in the Counseling Room

Perhaps you have hit a wall in your talk therapy and would like to try something additional to supplement or enhance your current counseling? You may benefit from yoga integrated into counseling. Growing research supports the effectiveness of integrating a mindful and physical component in talk therapy. Yoga integrated into counseling involves working together in using the breath and moving the body in a safe and gentle way to help release the impact of trauma, stress, anxiety and cultivate a mindful and healthy relationship with yourself and body. 
What does this look like? My office has a talk therapy zone and a yoga integration (somatic therapy) zone for clients who may want to add this dimension into their therapeutic experience. After discussing this together, you and I and may start with talk therapy and finish with mindful movement on the yoga mat. We may plan to start and end your sessions with a few minutes of yoga breathing, movement, and meditation. Or, you may benefit from a few sessions of yoga integration and then resume full talk therapy.  This is not like being in a yoga class and no experience is needed to be able to try this in therapy; this approach is supported by evidence-based practices in reducing anxiety, chronic stress, PTSD, depression, ability to sleep, and cope with stress in a healthier manner.

What I Can Help With

Anxiety and Panic: You may experience…

  • Having difficulty “just relaxing” and feeling at ease

  • Find yourself worrying or obsessing over the same thoughts and feel like you “can’t get out of your head”

  • Challenge with staying or falling asleep

  • Tension in the body, consistent aches, stiffness, or dull pain.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: You may…

  • Suspect or know you are dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Find yourself caught up in repeated behaviors or rituals to try and feel calm, safe, or relaxed.

  • Have unwanted and intrusive thoughts that are on specific subject.

  • Feel on edge or anxious over very specific things.

 

Sexual Assault Trauma: You may be…

  • Dealing with an unwanted sexual experience of any degree from a person you may know or a stranger. Working with a therapist can help you heal and process what happened.

  • Experiencing confusion, guilt, shame, anger, fear, or just feeling “off”.

  • Poor sleep, fatigue, or even bad dreams.

 

Grief and Loss:

Grief is a natural and universal experience every human will go through. Our culture, family, friends don’t always know how to help us through such losses and often we end feeling isolated, numb, or just not the same anymore when we are grieving. Grief can come from literal the death of a loved one, or the ending of a major relationship, such as a partnership, marriage, significant other. This loss may be recent or from a long time ago. You may feel you are ready to process your grief or would like some help in exploring how to heal more fully.

 

Mindful Living Coach:

What is the difference between Coaching and Therapy? With coaching, we focus on specific goals related to living more mindfully. Sessions will center around development of a mindfulness practice and how this is working in your daily life. You may or may not have anything challenging going on in your life, but would like support and guidance in processing your experiences, seeking to grow and understand yourself more deeply and strive to create even more meaning and presence in your life. Insurance not accepted.

Specialties
  • College student & Young adult

  • Anxiety & Panic

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Sexual Assault Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Mindful Living Coach

  • Wellness/Yoga sessions

Rate
  • $120 for a 50 minutes session​

 

  • Insurance: Carefirst BCBS​​​

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  • Sliding scale available​

Contact

 

 

Email: bitner@cmhcweb.com

Office: 410-567-1117 Ext. 704

Her Yoga Class
  • Includes weekly take home resource to help you bring the practice home.​

 

  • Learn and practice evidence-based yoga postures and breath work known to help reduce symptoms of anxiety

  • Be empowered to know how to bring your mind and body into a state of rest and relaxation.

  • Experience15 min of guided relaxation & meditation.

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