Emily Jackson, Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist
Emily is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at Pine Rest. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Malone University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. She has prior experience working in college counseling, partial hospitalization, and state psychiatric hospital settings.
Emily is a generalist clinician who enjoys working primarily with adolescent and adult populations. Her areas of clinical interest include anxiety and mood disorders, trauma-related concerns, identity concerns, relational issues, grief and loss, religious/spiritual issues, and stress management. Emily strives to meet clients where they are and tailor treatment to their unique needs, preferences, and goals. Accordingly, she tends to take an integrative approach to therapy, with a dual focus on exploring underlying factors (i.e., helping clients better understand themselves and why they do the things they do), while offering practical strategies to help facilitate symptom reduction.
Emily participates with Faith Community Outreach, an initiative within Pine Rest that seeks to connect area clergy, churches, and ministries to services available from Pine Rest; as well as develop new services specifically designed to benefit the faith community.
“Jesus is Savior and Lord.” Five simple words, yet ones I believe should have an incredibly profound impact on how I live, including how I view and conduct therapy. Developing during my undergraduate experience and deepening throughout my graduate and early professional years, my interest in the integration of psychology and religion/spirituality stems from the ups and downs of my own faith journey as well as the significant role of mentors along the way. My clinical work reflects a combination of implicit and explicit approaches to the integration of Christianity and psychology, which I tailor to the unique preferences and needs of each individual.
I aspire to live out my faith in all aspects of my personal and professional life. Thus, an implicit, embodied integrative approach is characteristic of my work with all clients. In this way, my personal faith profoundly shapes my worldview, including my understanding of self, others, and the world, which I naturally bring with me in my professional work. My faith is also a major impetus for my desire to serve others, as I see the primary purpose of life summarized by the first and second greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40), and Christ as the ultimate example of humble service. As such, I establish deeply authentic, caring professional relationships and seek to be an instrument of God’s healing and grace in the lives of those with whom I have the privilege of working. I maintain a holistic (biological-psychological-social-spiritual) perspective of people, and strive to be cognizant that my clinical work is consistent with biblical truth. I have also learned that an important piece in integrating Christianity and psychology in clinical practice is personal devotion of time and effort to nourishing and strengthening my own faith.
In regard to explicit integration approaches, I regularly assess clients’ faith background, use of religion/spirituality in coping, any related difficulties, and connections to presenting concerns. I invite clients to discuss faith-related topics and find it fulfilling to incorporate them into therapy with individuals who desire such an approach. I am willing and able to discuss faith from the perspective of both struggle and resource. With Christian clients who desire explicitly integrative approaches, I am comfortable incorporating Scripture, prayer, and other Christian teachings/practices into treatment, based on the interest and needs of those I am serving.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
- Older Adults / Senior Care
- PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse
- Social Phobia
- Spiritual / Religious Issues
- Older Adult