Emily S. Kohler LMSW



Interests and Experiences:

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Level III Endorsement in Infant Mental Health.  I have a passion for helping others and have always been drawn to the tiniest members of our society.  From my own childhood, I was babysitting and playing with young children.  As I reached college, it was clear that being a social worker and working with young children was my passion.  Little did I know there was a perfect field called Infant Mental Health, waiting for me upon graduation.  Over the past 7 years following graduation, I have focused my professional career on working with high-risk families – addressing behavioral concerns among children and supporting parents on their ever-changing journey of raising their young children.


I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2006.  During my time at U of M I spent a semester volunteering my time in an orphanage in Costa Rica.  This experience solidified my desire to work with babies, young children and their caregivers.  After receiving my undergraduate degree, I took a detour and pursued a role in the business world, which further clarified my true passion – working with babies and children.  I then attended the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work program, graduating in 2010 with a Masters in Social Work.  Immediately upon graduation, I began a job working on an attachment based research project.  From this rich experience I knew that doing direct work with families in their home and within the community was my next step in working with families.  From there I became a home based therapist for over three years.


To balance life at home with serving Leelanau County families.


  • Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health Endorsement, Level III (IMH-E III)
  • University of Michigan School of Social Work, Masters in Clinical Social Work 2010
  • University of Michigan College of Literature, Science & Arts, Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology 2006
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