Emily Camera

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Emily Camera

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

More About Me

I love working with adolescents, young adults, and millennial-aged individuals, and I specialize in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, trauma, and anxiety. I take a holistic approach to therapy, leaning heavily on the teachings of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I incorporate Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) into my work with most of my clients. I don’t believe that therapy is a “one size fits all” approach, and I enjoy the ability and flexibility to get creative to ensure that you have all of the tools you need to live the life you want. As a queer woman, my office is safe and affirming for my LGBTQ siblings and peers, and for all who are exploring their sexuality, gender identity, and sexual interests. I am sex-positive, polyamory- and kink-knowledgeable, and have expertise and lived experience for clients who practice or are interested in non-traditional relationship styles and structures.

Education and Experience

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then went on to receive my Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University in New York. I received my clinical license (LCSW) in 2018 while living in Delaware working alongside an incredible team of clinicians in a group private practice. It was there that I further developed my treatment specialties and became known as “the” clinician for severe eating disorders and borderline personality presentations.

From a young age, my generation was taught to embrace the mantras of “toxic positivity,” and research has shown the emotional toll a lifetime of these beliefs can have on a person’s identity formation, especially through adolescence and young adulthood.

As we start to try to answer questions about who we are and what we want out of life, we can feel burdened by the expectations of other people, eventually stifling our true identities so we can stop trying to “fit a square peg in a round hole,” as it were. Adolescents and young/emerging adults deserve better.

You deserve a space where you can be exactly who you are and become exactly who you want to be, in a way that makes you feel seen and validated. At its core, my aspiration is to be exactly the kind of therapist my generational peers and I would have needed in our formative years. A therapist who is authentic, real, nonjudgmental, will call you out when needed (but gently!), and genuinely cares about your success.

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5 Fun Facts about Emily:

  • I’m a HUGE nerd. I attend at least 2 different comic-cons per year, play dungeons and dragons weekly with my friends, attend the Ren Fest every year, and will watch/read/play anything set in a fantasy-style universe. 
  • I taught myself calligraphy a few years ago, and now it’s one of my favorite hobbies and self-care activities. 
  • I love to travel, and in the few years before I got married, I developed an affinity for vacationing solo. I love to fly, and my goal is to try to “live like a local” whenever I’m visiting somewhere new. 
  • If you open up my Spotify at any given moment, you’re almost certain to hear some sort of Broadway soundtrack. I LOVE theatre, and I’ve been in my fair share of community theatre and college productions. I miss performing quite a bit and want to find a way to fit it back into my normal schedule. 
  • As my client, at some point or another, I’ll probably show you a picture of my dogs. They’re the best companions I could ask for and are so full of love (and energy – which is why you won’t see them at the office!). My best life would be living in a house full of golden retrievers.

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