Emily Coler Hanson – Credentials & Areas of Expertise

When choosing a Fargo therapist to work with you or your family, it is important to review the therapist’s degrees, licenses, trainings, certifications, accreditations and areas of expertise. Below is a complete listing of Emily Coler Hanson’s professional credentials…


    • Master’s Degree:  Couple and Family Therapy, NDSU, 2009
    • Bachelor of Science (with Honors): Psychology, NDSU, 2007
      • Minors: Women’s Studies and Child Development & Family Science

Therapy Licenses & Certifications:

    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
      North Dakota and Minnesota
    • Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
      American Group Psychotherapy Association
    • LMFT Therapy Supervisor
      American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)


Therapy Experience

    • In-patient Therapist:  Prairie St. John’s, Fargo, ND, 2013-current
    • In-home Therapist:  The Village Family Service Center, Fargo, ND, 2012-2013
      As an in-home therapist with The Village, Emily traveled the southeastern part of North Dakota to offer therapy services to children and their families in their home. The families she worked with came from diverse backgrounds, and her primary focus was child therapy within a family setting. Working on behalf of the child, Emily also worked with the child’s parents to develop parenting strategies to help them meet their children’s unique mental health needs and foster positive growth in regards to relationships within and beyond the family.
    • Transition Facilitator:  Southeast Human Service Center, Fargo, ND, 2011-2012
      Emily specialized in working with adolescents who were navigating the transition to independent adulthood while also managing mental health issues. Hands-on, experiential teaching techniques were used in the community to give adolescents real world experiences to successfully take ownership over their own mental health care and adult lives.
    • Partnership Care Coordinator:  Southeast Human Service Center, Fargo, ND, 2010-2011
      Emily worked with both parents and caregivers to coordinate mental health services for their child to maintain quality of services and ensure that the child’s mental health needs were being met. This often involved working with multiple providers and schools to customize programming to meet the child’s needs.


Professional Memberships


Specialized Therapy Training

    • Transition Facilitator: In 2011, Emily completed training to become a transition facilitator in the state of North Dakota, which places a strong emphasis on helping adolescents transition to independent adulthood.
    • TFCBT: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy—working with kids and their caregivers to cope with and overcome traumatic life events or abuse.
    • Nurtured Heart Approach®: Developed by psychologist Howard Glasser as a response to the lack of effective treatment for “intense” children—including those who fall on the spectrum of ADHA, ODD, Autism, FAS, PTSD, RAD and more—the Nurtured Heart Approach is a strategy that seeks to build richer relationships by inspiring and recognizing appropriate behaviors by energizing children when things are “going right.”


Other Experience

  • Attendee: American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 2014
  • Guest Speaker: “Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety in the Classroom” Longfellow Elementary, Fargo, ND 2013
  • Attendee: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Portland, OR, 2013
  • Guest Speaker: “Teachers: How to Work with Kids on the Autism Spectrum” Clara Barton Elementary, Fargo, ND 2012
  • Scholarship Committee Member: Laurie Loveland Scholarship, NDSU, 2010-current
  • Attendee: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, 2009

Contact Info

Coler Hanson Therapy Professionals
225 4th AVE North, Suite 27G
Fargo, ND 58102


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