Emily Ludwig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree from University of Missouri –St. Louis. Emily specializes in working with adults and older teens who struggle with mental health concerns such as substance use, mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and schizophrenia. While Emily is always working to broaden her specialties and treatment approaches, she consistently applies an approach to treatment known as motivational interviewing. This style of therapy can behave as an adjunct to other forms of therapy, and emphasizes the following: the importance of the therapeutic alliance, addressing clients’ ambivalence to change by working with their intrinsic motivations and values, and working to resolve the discrepancies between clients’ goals/values and their behavior. Emily also applies existential and humanistic approaches to therapy, placing an emphasis on the human condition as a whole, aiming to increase self-awareness and self-understanding, and focusing on acceptance, growth, responsibility, and freedom. Emily has experience applying structured forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), but leans towards focusing on the client, not just his or her symptoms. Emily values the importance of extracting meaning from one’s suffering, confronting negative internal forces, and focusing on one’s potential inner resources to resolve them.
Emily is also consistently working towards her own growth and change, believing that this is a crucial component involved in effectively helping others. Emily regularly practices meditation and strives to apply concepts of mindfulness to her own life. Additionally, Emily actively seeks to expand her self-awareness and enrich her life, prioritizing meaning and fulfillment above happiness.
Prioritized above all else are the client’s self-established goals for therapy, ranging from psycho-education and symptom management, to ongoing self-evaluation and growth. Additionally, the therapeutic alliance is valued as a core component in facilitating change and self-development within Emily’s treatment approach.
Emily is in-network with Medicare, and will bill as an out-of-network provider for all other insurance companies until she is in-network in the next couple of months. She will also offer a sliding scale to those who qualify. To schedule with Emily, please contact our Client Care Coordinator, Andrea Harpster, at email@example.com or 314-561-9757 option 1.