This isn’t just “work” or “business.” This is purpose mixed with passion and personal lived experienced.
Every trainer and consultant for HERE this NOW serve as a proud mover and shaker of the trauma-informed movement.
HERE this NOW is a boutique consulting firm that provides technical assistance to those seeking to build capacity for becoming trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. HERE this NOW is comprised of a growing constellation of practitioners, consultants, and pioneers in the trauma-informed movement. We are committed to helping others bring trauma-informed change to education and public services.
Social entrepreneur, Emily Read Daniels, launched the business in July of 2017 in response to the few resources available to build capacity for systems change in the trauma-informed movement.
Daniels, a former school counselor, was working fast and furious to practice from a “trauma-informed” paradigm in public education and faced barrier after barrier. Frustrated by what others didn’t understand, she decided to get on the “other side of the problem” and launched HERE this NOW.
Two years later, HERE this NOW has served thousands from around NH and the country through training, coaching, on-site consultation and keynote addresses. Clients have been served through workshops offerings, on-site professional development, national / regional / state conferences, events, on-site consultation, and one-to-one coaching.
Clients have included more than 20 school districts in New Hampshire, numerous non-profit such as NH National Education Association (NEA), MADAC – Monadnock Area Drug and Alcohol Coaltion, Monadnock Voices for Prevention (MVP), YMCA Keene, Keene Serenity Center, Keene Housing Authority, Families First, Cheshire Medical Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH, Keene State College, NH Public Defender’s Office and most recently, The City of Nashua – Department of Public Health.
Outside New Hampshire, clients have included Progress Park – WISD in Ann Arbor, MI; Lauren’s Institute of Education of Phoenix, Arizona; Fostering Futures of Douglas County, WI; Dana Middle School of Los Angeles, CA; Connected Communities of Gloucester, VA, ELECT of Pennsylvania, and TREE of Maine, among many others.
Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training, founder
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, consultant, 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 under-served, 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 initiated and spearheaded the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force, that in its infancy sought to accomplish a trauma-informed approach to substance misuse 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.