Emily Prusator is a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Child Development from Vanderbilt University. Emily earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Gender Violence Intervention. She has received specialized training in play therapy and received her RPT credentials in 2020.
Emily has over eight years of experience in fundraising, research, and advocacy for survivors of trauma, particularly child survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She has been providing direct, clinical grief and trauma services for children and their families for nearly five years in school, community, and office settings at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, DC. Emily’s earliest clinical work was in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to children ages 6-17 years with complex trauma. More recently, her work has centered on providing group and individual services to children and adults who are navigating trauma, loss, or the intersection of both. Emily has also received training in play therapy, including integration of sand therapy, the expressive arts, and particular assessment methods such as the Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessment. Emily is currently pursuing Level 1 certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy under the training of Janina Fisher.
Emily is passionate about promoting healthy attachments between children and the important adults in their lives. She pursues this passion through her ongoing training role at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and her clinical role at the Gil Institute.