Emily Kuhlmann, M.A.

Practicum Doctoral Trainee

Graduate Program: Counseling Psychology PhD Program, University of Iowa 
2020 – MA in Rehabilitation Counseling (counseling with an emphasis on disability), University of Iowa 
2017 – BA in Psychology & Neuroscience, Coe College 

Clinical Interests:

Taking the first step is scary. Together, we will work on your goals by utilizing strengths you already possess. I take an integrative approach to counseling, combining Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Family Systems Therapy. I am a strong believer in the mind-body connection, and utilize mindfulness techniques and a holistic biopsychosocial framework. This means I believe you are more than the sum of your cognitive ability, emotional capacity, behavioral patterns, physical abilities, and relationships. My goal is to create a safe space where you feel accepted and empowered. Specific populations of interest to me are students with disabilities and/or medical conditions, neurodiverse students, and high achieving students. My clinical interests revolve around identity development, healthy relationships, wellness behaviors, and personal functioning. I am equipped to work with you on anxiety, depression, unhelpful thinking patterns, emotional expression, and wellness practices (e.g., sleep, physical activity, eating). I can also help with major transitions, life stressors, academic and career skills, and perfectionism. I am excited to work with you to improve your relationships. Counseling is both hard and healing; I am here to be in the process alongside you. 

Multicultural Interests:

Our multiple cultural identities influence our experiences, environments, relationships, and how we are perceived in the world around us. I believe counseling must include a commitment to multiculturalism and social justice in order to be effective. I strive to understand clients within their contexts, considering relevant social, historical, and environmental dynamics. I view it as my responsibility to advocate for you, both in and out of sessions, while continuing to learn and reflect on my privileges and biases. I am especially passionate about making mental health care more affordable and accessible for persons with disabilities, and those from other underrepresented groups. I also have strong interests in working with first generation Americans, first generation college students, immigrants, international students, and those with LGBTQ identities. I am eager to learn more about your story, and to find out what makes you who you are. 

Professional Affiliations:

I am a Graduate Student Member of the American Psychological Association, with Student Affiliate Memberships in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). I am also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.