When Emory was feeling utterly overwhelmed by her strong-willed two-year-old, she took her first parenting classes at the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). After blazing through the program, she went on to become one of their most active Certified Parent Educators in 1995. Her experiences with teaching parents inspired her to want to do even more to help families, leading Emory to seek training as a family therapist . In 2004, she earned her Masters Degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland.
Since then, Emory has expanded her skills with advanced training in Narrative therapy–a non-judgmental approach in which she respects the people who consult with her as the experts in their own lives . With her colleagues, Emory went on to organize the Narrative Therapy Center of the Mid Atlantic in 2012.
Over the years, Emory has provided therapy to hundreds of individuals and families and taught more than 1500 parents how to create happier and more highly functioning families.
The classes she has taught include the Parent Encouragement Program’s “Parenting Babies and Preschoolers,” “PEP I, Becoming a More Encouraging Parent,” “PEP II, Putting Your New Skills to Work,” and “PEP III, Expanding Your Understanding.” Emory has also created and taught more than a dozen specialized classes, including: “Setting Limits with Your Extra-Challenging Child,” “Afraid to Try, Quick to Cry, Helping Your Anxious, Fearful Child,” “Helping Your Underachieving Child With Self-Discipline and Motivation,” “Argumentative Teens,” “Connecting With Your Children Through Play,” and many more.
Emory also has an unusually effective way of helping parents and children when she works with one volunteer family in front of a live audience on topics such as “Getting Homework Done,” “Winning Cooperation,” and “Sibling Fighting.” These events, called Open Forum Counseling, are completed unscripted and unpredictable! They give both grown-ups and kids the opportunity to learn from another real family by watching how they work together with Emory to find fair and friendly solutions. Open Forums also provide a great opportunity to watch Emory at work, as she uses her skills to help the volunteer family uncover the real reasons for their dilemma and gain new understandings about how they can join together to solve their family problems.
Many people have gotten to know Emory through her writing. Since 2005, she has written a monthly column in the Voice Newspapers and one of her frequent articles in the Washington Parent magazine was awarded the 2009 “Silver Award for Child Development and Parenting Issues” from the Parenting Publications of America. Many of these articles are archived here, and you can be sure to read her latest articles by subscribing to her blog on this website.
Emory is licensed as a Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in both the State of Maryland and the State of New York. In Maryland, her certification number is LCM212, issued by the State of Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. In New York, her licence was issued by the University of the State of New York, Education Department, number 956-1. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Emory has been married since 1986 and has two children, who are now college students.