Emily Eccles, MA, is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University, and is currently in her internship year at Central Washington University. Emily took a non-traditional path to psychology. She pursued higher education to become a veterinarian by first obtaining a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. This goal changed when she realized that she wanted to help people as well as animals. During this transition, she attained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Her research interests mainly focus on the intersection of ethics and Animal-Assisted Interventions in clinical settings. Emily’s clinical experience includes work with people of all ages and diverse mental health concerns, particularly those who have been exposed to physical and psychological trauma. Her background also includes the modalities of TF-CBT, play therapy, ACT, DBT, and MBCT. Two of her specific interests are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Animal-Assisted Interventions. Emily’s outside interests consist of studying Spanish, volunteering with rescue animals, and enjoying nature. She lives with two large dogs, Asia and Sasha, who love to explore the trails and forests of the Pacific Northwest!