Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Miles.
Hi Emily, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been the person that people go to talk things they don’t normally talk about but I didn’t always believe in myself because school was hard for me growing up. I didn’t think I had what it takes for graduate school. During and after getting my undergrad degree I spent time volunteering to run support groups for adult survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. It was very hard but very rewarding. It helped me learn that I was meant to be in this field. I went on to get my certificate in addiction counseling. This was partially motivated by being impacted by various people throughout my life who have struggled with addiction. I quickly realized that I wanted to be able to address root issues that may contribute towards addiction, that I couldn’t with my current level of education. Things like childhood trauma, poor coping skills, and other mental health needs. Getting in and through graduate school is something I’m extremely proud of because of what it means for that little girl in me that didn’t think she was smart enough. She has quite the inner critic. I went on to work for 8 years in community mental health assisting low-income and under-housed individuals. While I was there, I took advantage of every training I could so that I could be an informed and effective therapist for my clients. I still make an effort towards continuing education outside the requirements of my license for this reason. I transitioned to full-time private practice in 2021 and I couldn’t be happier. Serving my community and assisting the low-income community is still important to me so I continue to contract with my old job in community mental health in Van Nuys and joined a board for an organization (Susan’s Legacy) in my hometown, Albuquerque, for low-income women dealing with co-occurring issues.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have certainly been bumps along the way, but I’m fortunate to have a supporting husband, friends, and colleagues. The biggest struggle has been overcoming self-doubt and that feeling of imposter syndrome. Every day I become more confident in myself, and I enjoy helping my clients overcome their own inner critics and strengthening their self-confidence.
As you know, we’re big fans of Emily Miles Therapy. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
I own my own private practice and providing individual therapy to adults who struggle with issues around anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and interpersonal conflicts. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced-based practice for these issues. I have a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling and years of experience helping address co-occurring (addiction and mental health) issues. I think people should know that I’m a therapist that believes in therapy. I think that every therapist should know what it’s like to be a client and do their own work, so they are better able to help others. This idea was really supported in my graduate program.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
This concept comes up a lot in my practice, especially with those who deal with perfectionism or anxiety. Success is so subjective. To me, it means accomplishing a goal. It’s not about how much money you make or about the ease in which you reach the goal. Running my own practice is both fulfilling and scary because I cannot fall back on sick time, vacation, or other safety nets. Income can be inconsistent or difficult to predict. It’s certainly a lot of work, and I consider every day that I’m able to do what I love a success. I recently set a goal for myself to blog and post more regularly on my Instagram page. It requires a lot of thought, but I love it when my clients refer to something from there in session because it means my hard work has paid off. One goal that I’m thinking about is to one day write a self-help or therapy-supported workbook.
- $150 per session
- Sliding scale available for those in need (limited).
- Website: www.emilymileslmft.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/emilymileslmft_
- Other: https://emilymileslmft.com/blog/