Emily McDonagh, LCSW
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and North Carolina. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Emily comes to Monarch Wellness with a variety of clinical experience. She has an eclectic exposure and knowledge base in the field of clinical social work, which helps guide her framework in practice. For the past several years, Emily’s primary focus of practice has been working with adolescents with eating disorders. Prior to moving to Naples, Emily worked in an inpatient setting, across multiple levels of care with adolescents and their families battling severe eating disorders. Prior to her work with eating disorders, Emily has worked in many clinical settings to include outpatient therapy, community-based therapy, psychiatric/residential, hospice (grief and loss), and hospitals. Emily also has a background in school social work and has worked in special education to provide behavioral supports/special education services, early-intervention, and evaluations.
Emily is passionate about working with individuals, youth, and families needing support with life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, parenting, eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma, behavioral issues, and self-esteem issues. She has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family System models of treatment. Emily provides a person-centered environment and believes in pulling from various models based on individual needs and goals. She values the importance of a collaborative, non-judgmental, and strength-based approach in the treatment process. Emily strives to educate and empower others in order to produce acceptance, balance, and positive change to improve functioning and emotional health and wellness.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy- the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
~ Brené Brown