Sarah Emertiz, LMSW

My clients exist across the gender and sexuality spectrum. They are exploring and processing what it means to have a life worth living and wanting support in navigating those adjustments. They are working to understand the many parts of themselves, particularly the parts that have been impacted by or were formed in response to traumatic experiences. They’ve used tools and skills to survive to this point and are open to and curious about exploring other options.

My Background and Approach

I approach therapy as a genuine collaboration. I trust that you are an expert on you, know the most about your experience & what resonates better than anyone else ever will, & have a powerful internal knowing & wisdom. Together we can explore a variety of skills to expand your resources, healing, & ability to be present to the messiness of life. Integrating skills & honoring that trauma needs to be released through the body is a sacred experience. I am honored to join clients in their healing journey! I take a very strengths-based approach. I use a radical mental health framework that values the lived experience of trauma & neurodivergence (or any word that resonates with you), understands the harm systems of oppression cause, & does not pathologize or see anyone’s struggles with mental & emotional wellbeing as a personal failing. We work to find ways to engage with healing & check in regularly about how the process is unfolding.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

It is critical & necessary to acknowledge, discuss, & recognize the impact of trauma on our lives, specifically the traumas we experience in childhood, & the trauma of destructive systems (such as capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, & more) on our emotional and psychological wellbeing. To acknowledge & be curious is imperative in integrating healing & healthy ways to cope & thrive. I am a life-long learner, admirer of the small things in life, nature lover, & avid pun enthusiast. I believe in the intersection of healing & justice; that humor, joy, & radical self-love (Sonya Renee Taylor, see her work for more info) are all crucial ingredients in collective liberation. I’m engaged in advocacy and activism related to the intersectional issues in local & global communities, & dedicated to the endless process of self-growth, healing, & building a world we can all live in. Some days (minutes, seconds) are easier than others.

Nina Keeler, LMFT SEP

Life is filled with successes and challenges.  As you navigate through you sometimes realize that your past experiences are interfering with your present moments.  As a survivor of childhood trauma, you might notice that you don’t feel content, happy, or connected.  There might be an underlying feeling of anger, shame, sadness, anxiety, inadequacy, or depression.  There is hope and healing.  You have come to the right place!

My Passion

I am dedicated to helping survivors of childhood trauma learn and develop the skills needed to heal from their past experiences so they can be more present in their lives.  Working with survivors of childhood trauma and individuals who struggle with attachment challenges is my passion.  I also love partnering with other mental health professionals who desire to grow their skills working with childhood trauma and attachment.  Helping individuals heal from childhood trauma and attachment challenges has become my life’s mission. I’ve been on this journey for the past 14 years and I have no desire to stop anytime soon!

My Training

I received my Master of Science from Kansas State University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  During my time in graduate school, I fell in love with Play Therapy.  I completed a Play Therapy certification program through KC Play Therapy Institute.  At the beginning of my career, I worked as a Social Services Case Manager and had the honor of working with many children and families suffering from trauma and attachment challenges.  This led me on a journey to learn about trauma and attachment.  I completed Dr. Dan Hughes’ level one Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training in Maine.  I then went on to complete Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, the Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children through The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska.  My most recent accomplishment is becoming a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP).

Things That Give Me Life

I was born in the country and absolutely love rural living.  I love growing a vegetable garden, cooking food for my family, and eating delicious seafood.   I enjoy being creative through art and also moving my body in the gym through strength training.