Emma Hoisington, CSW

Primary Therapist

Emma grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she quickly learned to love all things out doors. While living there she would spend her summers riding horses, backpacking, and exploring national and state parks.

From a young age, Emma loved helping people. She trained guide dogs for the blind, built a women’s shelter in Bolivia, and participated in local service projects.
Emma completed her bachelor’s degree in social work at Brigham Young University-Idaho where she worked with the Department of Health and Wellness of Idaho on their community mental health team. It was in this position that Emma developed skills in behavioral and independent living coaching and case management.
Following her completion of her bachelors, Emma moved to Logan, Utah and began working at Uinta Academy in 2022. Emma quickly learned the Teaching Family Model and worked as direct care staff and shift lead while completing her master’s degree in social work through Louisiana State Online.

Emma began her transition as a member of Uinta’s clinical team in the fall 2023. Emma combines her knowledge in best practice trauma informed care with behavioral coaching. Her approach encompasses all areas of struggle for her clients; behaviorally, emotionally, and relationally. This approach may look like traditional talk therapy or working in the home, whether with activities of daily living or empowering her clients in social interactions. Emma meets her clients where they are.

Emma has specific training in grief and loss, substance use disorders, brainspotting, and equine assisted psychotherapy and other animal assisted therapies. She will use a myriad of these approaches with her clients to fit their specific needs while working with their strengths.

Part of her responsibilities at Uinta is as the facilitator of the grief and loss group and as Uintas Research Coordinator. Her role in this capacity has been crucial in Uintas assessment of program efficacy and identifying best practice methods for the demographic.

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"Teens and young adults who come to Uinta are pleasantly surprised that they live in a home in a residential neighborhood, that the mountains are right outside their door, and that they get to do all the normal things that teenagers like to do."

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