HERE this NOW is a boutique consulting firm that provides technical assistance to individuals and systems seeking to build capacity for becoming trauma-informed. Founded by Emily Read Daniels, her journey to launch the business began a year earlier…
In June of 2016, Emily attended the International JRI Psychological Trauma Conference in Boston and it changed her life! There, she was exposed to the science of ACES and developmental trauma and the ways in which trauma requires healing in the body – in the nervous system, in particular. Already trained as a Reiki practitioner and a mindfulness teacher, Emily began to integrate trauma-informed principles in every facet of her work as a student assistance counselor.
As fast and as furious as she was working to practice from a “trauma-informed” paradigm, she met barriers in every part of the educational system. Burning out fast and recognizing the need to get on the “other side” of the problem, she decided to take a huge leap of faith and start her own consulting firm, “HERE this NOW.”
Her clients have included individuals that participate in her workshops (administrators and executives, direct care providers, and everything in between), school districts, staff development companies, health care systems, and non-profits that serve children. Passionate about the revolutionary promise of the trauma movement, Emily won’t stop until she has helped build a coordinated system of public services that heal, connect, and help to regulate all involved.
Emily Read Daniels,
M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training
Emily has a B.A. in Sociology and Women Studies and a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from the University of Delaware. She also holds a MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) and is in her second year of a three year certificate program in Somatic Experiencing.™ She’s a trained Reiki practitioner and trained in the Penn Program for Mindfulness. She relishes opportunities for “geeking out” – refining her skills, broadening her knowledge, and improving her effectiveness as a practitioner, instructor, facilitator, and leader.
Emily’s career began with a strong desire to “make a difference in the world.” Hired at twenty three as an executive director of a start-up after school program for inner city children in Wilmington, DE, she witnessed the complex intersection of race, poverty, neighborhood violence, and personal trauma. That experience committed her to making a difference for those underserved, invisible, or misunderstood.
She worked as a class advisor for “Delaware Futures” – guiding disadvantaged youth in making their college aspirations a reality. After leaving Delaware Futures and pursuing her Master’s Degree in School Counseling, Emily took on an urban intermediate school, Drew Pyle, as a school counselor for 650 students. This experience she often describes as “baptism by fire.” Using techniques of adventure based counseling and facilitation, she engaged students and staff in movement – as a means of emotional regulation. Through this, along with character education, PBIS, and resource development, she began to see a difference.
Landing a job across the street from her first purchased home, Emily moved onto Scenic Hills Elementary School in Springfield, PA. There, she studied the phenomenon of contagion and anxiety. Working closely with an occupational therapist, she began to integrate body-based mindfulness techniques with children and staff in classroom guidance lessons to diminish the experience of anxiety that is common in high performing academic settings.
Most recently, she worked as a student assistance counselor for four years at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH. There, she supported students experiencing childhood adversity. She developed a plethora of group counseling opportunities for students – including a guided meditation group called, “Zen Den.” She developed and successfully implemented a curriculum with her colleague, Shawn King, called, “Core Regulation” for substance abusing teens. “Core Regulation” is a 12-week trauma-informed curriculum focused on body awareness, stress reaction, nervous system regulation, and “thwarting the inner meathead.” She spearheaded the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. This grassroots effort has grown to include forty stakeholders across several towns. The task force is accomplishing a trauma-informed approach to substance abuse prevention.
When not working, which is a passion, Emily likes to have fun! She enjoys laughing, hiking, playing tennis, gardening, reading, cooking and connecting with family and friends. She lives in bucolic Hancock, NH with her husband, Scott, and their two children.
home office: 603 | 525.4443
cell: 603 | 562.8312
PO BOX 164
Hancock, NH 03449