We love what we do.

The courage and bravery that we witness on a daily basis inspires and fuels our passion to help those suffering from any eating disorder.

We live with the knowledge that our work is bigger than us and we absolutely love and honor that. We understand that the person we are treating is somebody’s mother, father, daughter, son, wife, or husband and we vow to always know and acknowledge that.

 

We are proud to be a part of a process that saves lives.

Emily Wish, LLC provides evidence-based and compassionate care for people struggling with eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.  We treat children, adolescents, and adults, as well as provide support to those who love them.

Emily Wish, LLC was created to serve as a beacon of hope for those suffering with eating disorders. People can and do recover. In dedication to a very special Emily — the inspiration that fuels the passion and commitment to provide the best eating disorder treatment possible.

Emily Wish, LLC promises dedication, commitment, and compassionate strength in the healing and recovery from any and all eating disorders. We promise to try harder, fight harder, and to never, ever give up.

Crystal Kirschman, MA, LCPC, NCC

Crystal Kirschman, MA, LCPC, NCC

Owner | Therapist

Wow.  This is hard. 

This is the place where I have to tell you all about myself, attempt to “wow” you with all of my knowledge and skills, and convince you that I am the perfect therapist for you to invest in.  Here’s the trouble:  I am NOT perfect.  Realistically, I could carefully craft the “perfect” introduction laced with all of the distant, yet warm sentiments that would paint an overall positive view of myself and my profession.  But here’s the deal – I’m real. I would not be living my life in accordance to my values of honesty and integrity if I did not do exactly what I am doing here right now, which is showing my true and authentic self.  Scary?  Yes.  But the one thing you will quickly learn about me as a therapist is that I will never ask you to do something that I would not be willing to do myself.  So here I am. 

Some Truths

I absolutely LOVE what I do.  If you ask me what my dream job is, this is it.  The courage and bravery (some other values near and dear to my heart) that I witness on a daily basis is beyond inspiring.  I live in awe of the warriors that face their battle wounds with such fury and passion while in the midst and middle of a very real and raw struggle.  You are my heroes.

The Facts

I will be completely invested in you and your recovery.  I cannot do the work for you nor can I change you, however, I WILL be down in the trenches with you.  You have the fight of your life ahead of you and an evident unfortunate truth is that it gets harder before it gets easier.  If it feels difficult, you are exactly where you need to be – you are doing the work.  I said I cannot change you, but the truth is that even if I could I would not want this for you.  What I want is the emergence and enhancement of your true inner self, the true inner self that the eating disorder has been working so fervently to mask and hide.  This is you.  During this process, I will walk with you, in front of you, or behind you as needed.  You are never alone.

Some Tidbits

There really isn’t anything that I have yet to see or hear so lay it on me, I promise.  You may be surprised by the look of understanding and compassion sans “shock” as you discuss your eating disorder and your most disparaging moments.  Don’t worry, I got this; we got this. There will be moments where I will probably work harder than you (every therapist in the world is gasping…). Why?  Because I believe in you; you deserve someone who believes in you.  Here I am.

How did I end up here?  Ask. I have a story.  It may not have a happy ending, but my hope is that it will motivate and inspire you to reach out for full and lasting recovery.  People DO recover.     

Professional Background

I have extensive work experience in various rehabilitation settings treating children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. Prior to the inception of Emily Wish, LLC, I worked in a psychiatric inpatient/residential and partial hospitalization program for eating disorders where I developed my specialty in the treatment of this population. I then went on to work in an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders where I ran the adolescent and adult groups, as well as treated patients individually in outpatient programming. I bring with me a wealth of knowledge on higher levels of care, crisis intervention, and the treatment of patients with concurrent diagnoses. I am intimately familiar with the exhausting struggle eating disorder patients and their loved ones face on a daily basis, and the tremendous courage they must harness to do so.
 
I completed my undergraduate training at the University of New Mexico (Psychology) and earned my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver (UCD).  I completed internships at the Counseling Center at UCD and the Eating Recovery Center in Denver.  I pride myself on multicultural competency and am sensitive and compassionate to the diverse needs of each individual. My goal as a therapist is to help patients move towards what they value in life, as they accept and create new meaning out of the difficult emotions and experiences that are inherent to daily life.  It is my belief that this process generates new insights as well as trust in one’s self and one’s experience. It is these factors, along with the genuine relationship that is created over the course of treatment, that provide the seeds for change.
Christina Skinner

Christina Skinner

Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist

Christina Skinner is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist. She has experience working with a diverse population of nutrition patients and has found a special passion in helping those who suffer from eating disorders. Christina graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.

Her career has consisted of working for fitness centers, wellness programs, community outreach, personal consultations, clinical nutrition and, most recently, outpatient nutrition at Benefis Health System. When not working, Christina enjoys cooking, staying active and spending time with family.

Desiree Gaines, LCSW

Desiree Gaines, LCSW

Therapist

Desiree Gaines is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC) where she specialized in Mental Health and Military Social Work. She has spent a great deal of time working with active duty and veteran populations. Desiree has completed internships at the Great Falls Rescue Mission and the Great Falls Veteran’s Center. Her experience includes extensive work with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addictions and recovery, and faith-based counseling. Desiree has found a special passion working with individuals and their families who struggle with disordered eating. When not working, Desiree enjoys drawing, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family in the great outdoors.

Samantha Morales, LCSW

Samantha Morales, LCSW

Therapist

Samantha Morales is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of New England (UNE) where she completed a dual track for Mental Health and Community Social Work.  She completed her clinical internship at Benefis Behavioral Health and was also employed there until moving over to work with the military population at the Mental Health & Family Advocacy clinic on Malmstrom AFB.   Her experiences include treatment over a spectrum of mental health conditions, sexual trauma, addiction and recovery, and working with couples and families.  Using a psychodynamic approach she empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles, improve their relationships and overall well-being.  Throughout her experiences she has found a special passion working with individuals and their families who struggle with eating disorders.  When not working, Sam enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Shauna Nagaoka-Symonds MA, PCLC

Shauna Nagaoka-Symonds MA, PCLC

Therapist

Shauna Nagaoka-Symonds is a Professional Counselor Licensure Candidate who earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  She is currently obtaining clinical hours towards a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license under the guidance and knowledge of Crystal Kirschman, LCPC.  Shauna completed her clinical internship with local therapists with training that consisted of individual and group therapy with a variety of diverse populations. While working with Emily Wish, LLC during her internship, she developed an interest and strong passion for working with individuals suffering with eating disorders.  When not working, Shauna enjoys fishing, camping, spending time with family, and playing pool competitively.

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