Emma McManaman

Emma McManaman

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Emma (she/her) is passionate about creating an inclusive and non-judgemental space for clients to feel comfortable and free to be their authentic selves. She believes in a client-centered approach, wherein the client's goals, feelings, and experiences are validated, uplifted, and are the most important perspective in the room. She believes in being the client's advocate through whatever struggles they may be experiencing.

Emma is aware of her position of privilege and is dedicated to dismantling oppressive social structures that perpetuate discrimination, shame, and stigma. She has previously worked for non-profit organizations that primarily served LGBTQIA+ communities. She has worked with people struggling with unemployment, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Emma enjoys using principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These include practicing mindfulness, emotional regulation, and self-acceptance.

Emma was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University. She moved to Chicago and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Health. While at Loyola University Chicago, she completed a capstone research project that studied the negative mental health effects of weight stigma and she hopes to continue working to fight weight stigma and helping clients who are struggling with experiences of weight stigma.


LGBTQIA+ Anxiety Depression Mood Disorders Narrative Therapy Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Dialectical Behavior Therapy Attachment Theory Burnout