My Story


Please watch this short video to learn more about my own recovery story.

It started as panic attacks that became so severe that I couldn’t get out of bed.  I was in college and terrified.  Slowly, what became diagnosed as bipolar 2 disorder started to take over my life, until I just couldn’t function.  After at least a dozen hospitalizations, I was interviewed to be locked away in the state psychiatric hospital, without an end date in site.  I knew that I didn’t want this outcome, and that I had talents that I wanted to use to make a difference in this world.  So began my journey to wellness and recovery, and a happier, healthier life than I ever thought I could attain.  I’m living proof that recovery is 100% possible!

Training and Experience:

Emily is currently a doctoral student in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Rutgers University. Prior to this, Emily attended Columbia University, where she earned a Masters in Education. Emily also has her CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner) Credential. In order to obtain the CPRP, Emily had to have several years of clinical training in community mental health centers to learn how to rehabilitate people with psychiatric disorders, as well as take a three hour test to prove her proficiency in this area. The CPRP is a national credential awarded by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Finally, Emily also received mental health training through a nationally recognized program called Consumer Connections. This program was conducted by the Mental Health Association in NJ.

In addition to life coaching, Emily also works as a Recovery Specialist and Trainer for the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, where she trains mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and therapists on how to work with youth experiencing psychosis. Previous to this, she worked as a trainer for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). Prior to her training work, Emily worked as a Job Coach for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey and as a Peer Life Coach at Care Plus NJ. While Emily brings years of experience to each person that she works with, more importantly, she also brings her heart.