Emma Real, MA, LPC
I am a psychotherapist and outreach manager at Wildflower. As a psychotherapist, I bring a compassionate, warm, and authentic presence to my relationships with clients. I understand and empathize with clients’ challenges and work alongside them to help alleviate pain and suffering. I do this by creating a safe, nonjudgmental space in which clients feel comfortable exploring emotional and relational challenges. I help clients recognize their strengths and resilience to empower them in and out of the therapeutic room. We all have an inherent ability to heal, we just need the right tools in order to do so.
I practice through an integrative approach grounded in client-centered and relational cultural and feminist theory. This means that I believe you are the expert in your life. We will work together to explore your challenges and emotional needs. I believe that our development throughout life is influenced, motivated, and framed by the establishment of a strong connection with others and thus strive to help you create healthy relationships in your life starting with our therapeutic relationship. We will also challenge societal messages and experiences related to gender roles, sexism, racism, oppression, and marginalization and their impact on your mental health. While I often work in the present moment through providing mindfulness, grounding techniques, and coping skills to manage immediate needs, I understand the impact our earliest childhood experiences have on our sense of self and current challenges and explore these in the room. I am passionate about working with clients who have experienced complex trauma (early childhood abuse and neglect, parents with addiction or mental illness challenges, domestic violence, etc.), acute trauma, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, life transitions, and addiction.
I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. Prior to Wildflower, I worked with adults experiencing serious mental illness in a residential setting. In this role, I provided trauma-informed, compassionate counseling and specialized in helping clients with emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and crisis intervention.
As the outreach manager at Wildflower, I bring a genuine, passionate, professional approach to the work. Prior to pursuing counseling, I worked in corporate communications, branding, and marketing at a variety of organizations. In these roles I acted as a brand ambassador for my company, spreading its mission in and outside the organization, led communications efforts, organized training and events, and more. In addition, outside of my career I have served in a number of advocacy, leadership, and volunteer roles for local non-profit organizations, including La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Best Buddies Illinois, and Lincoln Park Community Services. My passion for helping marginalized communities led me to each of these roles and each has enriched my soul in different ways. When I find a cause I am passionate about, there is no stopping me from spreading its incredible mission. I cannot wait to share our wonderful mission at Wildflower with you.
Selected training and affiliation
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
We are stronger than we think.
We all have an inherent ability to heal, we just need the right tools in order to do so.
Trust the process.
More about me
I am a curious learner. You can often find me researching new interventions, listening to podcasts, reading a good book, or watching intriguing documentaries.
I love trying new experiences and restaurants but equally enjoy spending time at home.
Music moves my soul.