Emilie Staryak





Victor Frankl once expressed that “between stimulus and response there is space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working with children, teenagers, adults, and families. My professional career began with a Bachelors's in Science from Drake University.  I went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins Univerity. I then completed my US Professional License in 2012 while living and working in Seoul, South Korea.  My experience in the mental health field spans all ages and populations. I spent many years in school-based counseling settings while working for nonprofit organizations to provide services to underserved communities in elementary, middle, and high schools.  In residential treatment, I provided individual, family, and group counseling to teenagers as part of their treatment plan for behavioral issues, recovery from childhood trauma, and undiagnosed Aspergers. As a Military Family Life Counselor, I provided highly confidential mental health treatment to military service members and their families. I also served the ex-pat community in a private practice setting while living in Seoul, South Korea. When working with children, teenagers, adults, and families my roots are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, I center my approach for each client on their specific needs, drawing from many evidence-based modalities to create a personalized treatment for your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and freedom. I am currently working to expand my toolbox by becoming a Registered Play Therapist and hope to include Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy in the near future.


In addition to serving the military community in a professional capacity, I have personal experience as a former military spouse, with many cross-country and international moves before settling into my new forever home in NWA.  My childhood was spent as a Third Culture Kid in several states across the country as well.  While uprooting was difficult, I discovered a passion for traveling to new places, experiencing new things, and meeting new people.  My soul finds healing in anything outdoors including hiking, camping, kayaking/floating, and exploring as well as experiencing live music. I am also passionate about wildlife and domestic animals and have had several foster and rescued pets.  Whether indoors or outdoors, I enjoy creating beauty in any form, experiencing all the things life has to offer, and spending time with my young daughter, our dog, and family and friends.