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Enjoys Therapy Counseling for: 

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Body Image

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Depression

  • Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating disorderARFIDOrthorexia, and OSFED)

  • Gender Identity

  • Perfectionism

*Emily is not currently taking new clients.


Emily Hughes is a Licensed Professional Counselor, providing individual therapy for ages 12+. Emily has always enjoyed seeing others accomplish their goals and improve themselves in a productive way. Emily works with a client to identify who the client is as a whole with acceptance and empathy. She strives to make therapy more of a conversation to invite the client to be open and honest in a non-judgemental space. Emily focuses on developing body acceptance and body neutrality by working from the Health at Every Size (HAES) and “All Foods Fit” perspectives. Her favorite quote to share with her clients is "Adding small successes creates big success in the end".


Emily earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Philosophy from Virginia Tech and went on to Marymount University where she earned two Master's Degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. Prior to joining Enlighten, Emily served adolescent and adult clients in a Partial Hospitalization and Intensive outpatient level of care (PHP/IOP). Emily also has served clients in an eating disorder residential treatment (RTC) setting. In addition to eating disorders, Emily has worked with adults with substance use disorders at an intensive outpatient level (IOP). Emily’s approach to therapy comes from a Narrative theory meaning your story is your own and you get to decide the outcome, Emily uses elements of art, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other modalities. Currently, Emily will only be seeing clients virtually. In Emily’s spare time, she is doting on her puppy Maizie, husband, and baby.  

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