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Meet Your Instructor: Emily Somervell - IPNB

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 03, 2023

Emily SomervellEmily Somervell (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience serving children and adults in mental health counseling, mentoring, crisis response and medical social work services.  She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and then received a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.   

Prior to joining the counseling team at Portland Community College, Emily worked at Oregon Health & Science University supporting children with chronic illness helping them navigate living with a chronic health condition and building skills to cope with the impacts of medical trauma.  In addition, she has supervised the Child and Family Mobile Mental Health Crisis team in Multnomah County keeping trauma informed practices centered in her work with clients.   

As a PCC Counselor, her goal ​​is to help individuals achieve personal growth and wellness through the use of a collaborative counseling relationship. Her teaching style and clinical practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Emily’s practice areas and specialties include assisting individuals with depression and anxiety, affirming LGBTQIA2S+ experiences, exploring race and social justice, crisis counseling, grief counseling, and working with people with chronic illness.  

Emily continues to support the development and education of future social workers through hosting Portland State University MSW field education internships at Portland Community College counseling department.

Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Interpersonal Neurobiology

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