"Sex Therapist," is not an occupation found on most children's list of dreams and aspirations. Once upon a time, Emily wanted to be a teacher, and in some sense, that desire still rings true. She entered college as an Elementary Education major. After a semester of introductory general credits, Emily had second thoughts. She jumped from History, to Psychology, and eventually settled on Gender and Sexuality Studies, with minor concentrations in English and psychology.

Emily's undergraduate research interests focused on the role that body image played in shaping sexuality and sexual experiences, specifically the female orgasm.  With those interests still close to heart, she spends much of her time researching sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in her graduate coursework in hopes of making a positive change in the counseling and public health fields.

What to Read After Being Diagnosed
Just Diagnosed with Herpes? Read This
How My Lowest Moments After Herpes Diagnosis Led Me to Find a New Purpose
How I Found the Positives in a Positive Herpes Diagnosis
Why I Don’t Let Herpes Define Me
Positively Me
No Stupid Questions: Seemingly Desperate Things I Asked Myself After I Was Diagnosed with Herpes
A Letter to Myself Pre-Herpes Diagnosis: One Year Later
4 Steps to a Hopeful Future with Herpes
I Am Not Afraid of Who I Am: Cultivating Power Through Vulnerability
Three Things You Should Know About STIs

Dating, Love, Sex, & Heartbreak
Why Color-Changing Condoms Aren’t the Solution to Reducing STIs
Dating with Herpes and How to Overcome the Fear of Disclosure
A Guy Who Gave Me Herpes Ended Our Almost-Relationship Over a Snapchat
Masturbation After Herpes Diagnosis: How to Get Back to Self-Love
To the Girls He HASN’T Given Herpes to Yet: This is for You
Herpes, Heartbreak, and the Man Who Brought Me Back
It Started with a Spark, Led to a Click, (& Eventually Herpes)
Herpes, Cold Sores, and Oral Sex: What You Need to Know

Herpes 101
HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: What’s the Difference Between the Herpes Viruses?
STD vs. STI: Is There a Difference?
Are You Fluent in Herpes?
Where in the World Can I Get Tested for Herpes?
The Most Common Questions that People Ask Me About Herpes
Herpes: The Truth Behind the Health-Related Stigma

Living with Herpes
This is the Side of Living with Herpes that No One Talks About (But We All Should)
This is What It’s Like to Actually #ShoutYourStatus Online
How to Advocate for your Sexual Health at the Doctor’s Office
Building Positive Relationships: Herpes and Otherwise
How Herpes Unexpectedly Defined my LUSH Spa Experience
Dear LUSH Spa, I’m Not an Untouchable: On Two Years with Herpes

Herpes and Mental Health
The Overlap Between Herpes, Mental Health, and Addiction
How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

How to Support a Loved One
Someone You Love Has a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI): Here’s How to Support Them
Three Ways to Help Your Friend Who Was Diagnosed with an STI