Emily Ruggles
Specializations - Adults & Teens, Anxiety and Depression, Life Transitions, Athletes, Disabilities and Chronic Illness

An Atlanta native, Emily earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, Emily received her undergraduate degree in psychology and nonprofit studies from Auburn University. Emily is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a certification that reflects her passion for improving the quality of life for individuals with mental health concerns impacted by disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Emily’s passion for working with individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses was fostered by her experience working with traumatic brain injury survivors at Gateway Clubhouse in Raleigh, NC and by her work with transplant donors, recipients, and their caregivers. She strives to equip her clients with the tools needed to address the unique, ongoing challenges of living with chronic illness or disability. Emily addresses both the mental and physical components of wellness to help clients improve both their daily functioning and their overall quality of life.

Her focus on chronic illness and rehabilitation has also provided Emily with the opportunity to integrate her own passion for athletics into her work with clients. In addition to her assisting student athletes at both Auburn and UNC-CH, Emily has worked with athletes at the professional level, including retired NFL athletes participating in the Brain and Body Health Program funded by the NFL Players Association. Her work with athletes reflects Emily’s broader approach to working with clients, the desire to leverage a combination of cognitive and psychological testing, mental health counseling, rehabilitation, and education to equip her clients to maximize their quality of life and perform to their greatest potential in every area of their lives.

Emily is practicing under the supervision of Wendy Dickinson, Ph.D.; Jill Howgate, LPC; Kathryn Larisey, MS LPC, CPCS