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Published on September 20, 2011

KishHealth System Welcomes New Behavioral Health Therapist

September 20, 2011 

Emily DienstKishHealth Behavioral Health Services welcomes a new member to its team of trained therapists. Emily Dienst is currently a co-facilitator for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and leads the Anger Management group. She currently provides bilingual therapeutic services to children, adolescents, families, and individuals, and is certified as bilingual in Spanish and English through Pacific Interpreters. Dienst serves as the chair of the Latino Action Group with DCP/SAFE, where she recently coordinated the sixth annual Back to School Fair.

Dienst is a graduate of Benedictine University with a Master of Science in clinical psychology with a child subspecialty. Emily completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and Spanish at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Dienst traveled abroad extensively while in the program; her travels included a month in South America visiting Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to examine the relationship of tourism and native cultures as well as other excursions to Germany, Poland, and Morocco. Dienst spent a semester living with a host family in Granada, Spain and attended University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages. While attending college Dienst served as president of Gamma Nu Sigma, the neuroscience student organization, and was an active member of Psi Chi, the honorary psychology fraternity.  

During her master’s education, Dienst completed a clinical placement at Lutheran Social Services in Villa Park where she worked with children, adolescents and adults, and delivered presentations to the community on mental health. In her final clinical placement, Dienst served as an intern at KishHealth’s Behavioral Health Services providing therapeutic services directed towards empowering clients as individuals, family members, or as a couple, for children, adolescents, and adults through the Employee Assistance Program.

Dienst gained experience working with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as well as the parents and family members, while providing in-home behavioral therapy. Her background also includes providing community-based mental health services through bilingual case management and therapy services, crisis intervention services, and clinical assessments.

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