Emily Pagone is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals and families of all ages. She earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, and she received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has also serves as an adjunct psychology instructor at Benedictine University. Her passion is collaborating with any individual who comes through her door with an overall goal of fostering resilience and empowerment while supporting the individual through their journey.
During Emily’s Master’s education, she completed her clinical rotation at the YWCA of DuPage County, working with survivors of sexual assault. She spent her time there engaging children, teens, and adults in individual, family, and group counseling. She created a counseling group specifically for “tweens”, and also co-facilitated a parent support group. She obtained 40-hour training in sexual assault crisis intervention from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA), and a child counseling-specific 30-hour training through ICASA as well. Emily also obtained experience working in Chicago Public Schools through Youth Guidance non-profit organization during her Master’s education as a counseling intern. Her experience with Youth Guidance & Chicago Public Schools consisted of engaging students in social-emotional learning, counseling, and collaborating with school social workers, parents, and teachers. Emily is also trained in Applied Suicide Intervention through LivingWorks. Additionally, she co-developed an ongoing summer research program at Benedictine University for high school students with high-functioning ASD diagnoses who plan to attend college.As a Psychology undergraduate at the University of Kansas, Emily was involved in three psychology research laboratories. Her experience working in these research labs enabled her to gain a deep understanding of parent-child attachment & romantic attachment relationships, the manifestation and exacerbation of Major Depressive Disorder, and anti-bullying mentoring programs for elementary school-aged children. During her final year as an undergraduate student, she was able to intern abroad in London at a non-profit organization, Kids’ City, working with children and families in after-school programs. Emily works with a wide range of age groups, ranging from as young as 3 years old up to late adulthood. Some of the struggles she works with include, but is not limited to, individuals healing from trauma and abuse (i.e., sexual assault, domestic violence, emotional abuse, post-traumatic stress), depression, anxiety, life adjustments and transitions, relationship issues, prenatal/ postpartum, family conflict, bullying, self-esteem, existential struggles, career changes, stress, and grief and loss. Emily engages each client with a warm, empathic, and accepting demeanor, while building rapport and holistically addressing and integrating each aspect of their biological, psychological, and social experiences. She believes in creating a safe space and environment for each client, allowing for them the freedom to introspect and work towards improving their health and well-being. She often utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, child-centered play therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, family systems, trauma-focused, but she tailors her approach to each unique client. Please feel free to email or call Emily if you have questions, or would like to set-up an appointment for individual, couple, or family therapy. Emily is currently accepting clients.