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, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. 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, emphasizing 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 and behavior. Emily also applies existential and humanistic approaches to therapy, which place an emphasis on the human condition as a whole. She aims to increase clients’ self-awareness and self-understanding, focusing on acceptance, growth, responsibility, and freedom. She has experience applying structured forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). While CBT is an evidence-based treatment for a wide-range of mental health diagnoses, DBT is specifically indicated for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. CBT focuses on restructuring and aligning an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behavior, while DBT emphasizes distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.
In addition to Emily’s formal education and clinical experience, she applies consistent efforts towards enhancing her own self-development and growth. It is Emily’s philosophy that a clinician’s self-care is a crucial component involved in effectively facilitating clients’ growth. Emily regularly practices meditation and strives to apply concepts of mindfulness to her own life. She makes efforts to continually enrich her life, valuing both happiness and suffering as important sources of meaning.
Prioritized above all else are clients’ self-established goals for therapy, ranging from psycho-education and symptom management, to ongoing self-exploration and growth. Emily believes in focusing on the client as a whole, not just his or her symptoms. The therapeutic alliance is valued as a core component in facilitating change and self-development within her 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.