Emma J. Wood, Psyd, PLLC
Dr. Emma Wood
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Waco, TX

Emma J. Wood, PsyD


  1 (844) 273-6922

Experience with:
Complex Trauma
Bi Polar disorder
Relationship difficulties
Self Esteem
Acute Trauma
Issues related to Gender and Sexuality 
Spirituality and Existential Issues
Professional and Workplace Stressors
Motherhood Issues
Perinatal and Postpartum mental health
Longterm therapy
Short-term therapy

Dr. Wood is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides holistic individualized treatment to facilitate personal growth. Patient care is of primary concern for Dr. Wood. She is highly relational and helps patients to feel safe and accepted within their first session. Dr. Wood is known for her warmth, compassion and relatable interpersonal style. Due to her depth oriented focus it is not uncommon for Dr. Wood to help patients who have been in therapy previously and not gotten to the root of their problems. Specific clinical interests include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, diversity, self esteem, and women's issues.

Dr. Wood is often able to provide same day appointments as well as multiple sessions a week for patients needing or wanting more intensive care than what can be obtained in a traditional outpatient setting. Dr. Wood also provides group therapy as patient need arises.

As a public speaker and trainer Dr. Wood is enthusiastic, engaging and genuine. She combines relevant research and literature with storytelling and vulnerability to help people both learn and be inspired. She speaks on a wide variety of topics and can adapt her presentations to your organizations specific needs.​
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Dr. Wood is an out-of-network provider and does not contract with insurance carriers. Patients can request  an itemized receipt with billing codes should they choose to submit a claim to their insurance provider. Please contact your insurance company for information regarding your out-of-network benefits. 
  1. Therapy
    Individual Therapy begins with an hour long intake during which Dr. Wood will assess your mental health needs and presenting concerns and will collaboratively, with your input, develop a treatment plan that will assist you in meeting your goals. From the intake session further therapy appointments may be made, and referrals may be given. Typical therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long. Associated Fees: One time intake session $180 Ongoing therapy sessions $165 $165 is the general base rate, however it may increase depending on level of complexity
  1. Speaking
    One to two hour talk customized to the needs of your organization. Dr. Wood will consult with you regarding your goals for the presentation as well as specific population in attendance. Handouts and resources will be provided electronically to the hosting organization so that copies or digital resources can be made available to attendees. See Public Speaking and Training for ideas on topics previously presented. If you have an idea that is not listed please contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. Fee: $400- $4,000 plus travel expenses (Sliding scale available for local engagements)
  1. Training
    Up to 4 hours of training and skill building for your team. Organizations are able to provide their employees with applicable and practical information to increase competence, productivity, engagement and work satisfaction. See Public Speaking and Training for ideas on topics previously presented. If you have an idea that is not listed please contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. Fee: $500-$5,000 plus travel expenses (Sliding scale available for local engagements)

Public Speaking and Training

Dr. Wood has extensive experiencing providing psychoeducation to community groups as well as professionals in the helping professions (physicians, social workers, counselors, student affairs professionals, etc.). She also provides talks on college student mental health, women's mental health, minority mental health, social and cultural implication to mental health and well-being, mental health stimga and resiliency utilizing engaging stories, including her own life story.

 She is able to meet the needs of many different organizations through her highly effective presentation skills that combine current research as well as experiential components that keep audiances engaged. Bellow is a list of professional presentations that have been delivered by Dr. Wood. She is happy to develop new programs to suit the needs of clients. Dr. Wood is open to negotiating her fee dependant of the financial constraints of the requesting party. 
Speaking/Training Topics:
  • Sexism and gender discrimination
  • Complex PTSD
  • Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change
  • Mental Health for Mental Health Professionals
  • Self-care in the Helping Professions
  • The pressures of "mommy culture"
  • Discrimination, identity development and advocacy for persons with disabilities
  • Psychosocial Implications for individuals with rare chronic illness
  • Women's Issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion Issues
  • Multicultural Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Stigma
  • College student mental health
  • ​Mental health and resiliency
  • Common Factors in Psychotherapy Outcomes
  • Workplace dynamics and health
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Popular culture and wellness
  • LGBT issues
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Spirituality
  • Other topics as requested
Wood, E. (2018, March) Rising out of institutional misogyny: a case study of sexism against the backdrop of a national title IX scandal. Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) annual conference, Phillidelphia, PA.

Wood, E. (2017, September) Yes they just said that and no you’re not crazy: How to recognize and respond to gender-based microagression towards women in ministry. Invited workshop speaker, Nevertheless She Preached conference, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2017, September) Care for the Caregiver: Boundaries, Burnout and self-care. Invited workshop presenter, Methodist Children’s Home, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2017, August) Motivational Interviewing and the Change Process. Invited speaker/trainer for Community in Schools, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. & Church, J (2017, June) “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Patients With Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: A Cause for Concern,” Poster at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting, Portland, OR.
Wood, E. (2016, November) Tuning Your Instrument: self-care as an ethical imperative. Workshop presenter, Texas Psychological Association Conference, Austin, TX.
Wood, E. (2016, November) Partnering with Spiritual Leaders to Address Healing from Sexual Violence and Abuse. Workshop presenter, Texas Psychological Association Conference, Austin, TX.
Wood, E. (2016, October) A Space for Lament, Silence, Anger and Hope. Workshop presenter, Conflict Resolution Institute Conference: Trauma and Trust: Peacebuilding in Ruptured Social Systems, Denver, CO.
Wood, E. (2016, October) The Effects of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndrome on the Mental Health of Patients and Relatives. Invited Lecture for the Colorectal Genetic Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
Wood, E. (2016, April). Caring for the Caregiver: understanding and combatting  burnout and compassion fatigue. Training for Methodist Children's Home, Waco, TX.

​Wood, E. (2016, March). From Bearing to Sharing: Discrimination, identity development and advocacy for persons with disabilities. Bear the Difference Conference, Waco, TX.

Wood, E. (2016, March). Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace. Paper sesson presenter for the Association of Women in Psychology Conference, Pittsburg, PA. 

Wood, E. (2016, February). Why did I do this in the first place? The ethics of therapist burnout and self-care. Workshop presenter for the Heart of Texas Counseling Association, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2015, October). Psychosocial Implications for Patients with Inherited Colon-Cancer Syndromes. Keynote Speaker for Cleveland Clinic Hereditary Colon Cancer Day, Cleveland, OH.
Wood, E. (2015, October). Caring for the Caregiver. Presenter for Cleveland Clinic Hereditary Colon Cancer Day, Cleveland, OH.
Wood, E. (2015, April). Motivational Interviewing and the Change Process. Invited speaker/trainer for Community in Schools, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2015, April). Can Women in the Workplace Have it all? Exploring challenges, benefits and solutions that can enlighten and empower. Presenter at 12th Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence Pursuing Excellence In Education and Beyond, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. & Abott, K. (2015, March) Thriving in assessment: Strategies for measuring the “unmeasurable”. Presentation author at The 25th Annual Assessment in Higher Education Conference, College Station, TX
Primary Author, March 2015

Wood, E. (2014, March) I Heart Lions: developing healthy self image and self compassion. Invited speaker at Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX.
Wood, E. (2013, February). Freedom from Fear of the “Freshman Fifteen”: Addressing the Development and Prevention of Eating Disorders on College Campuses. Keynote speaker for CollegeResponse® Professional Webinar
Wood, E. (2012, October). Feminist Therapy Perspectives on Women’s Health in the Prevention of Disordered Eating. Featured lecturer at The Rosewood Institute Professional Lecture Series, Wickenburg, AZ
Wood, E. (2012, October). Freedom from Fear of the “Freshman Fifteen”: Addressing the Development and Maintenance of Eating Disorders on College Campuses. Educator/ Outreach panel speaker at the 12th National Eating Disorder Association Conference, St. Petersburg, FL
Wood, E. (2012, March). Size Stigma and Eating Disorders in College Settings: fighting the fear of the freshman fifteen. Plenary panel speaker at the 2012 Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Wood, E. (2012, February). Pay it forward: primary prevention outreach using a feminist approach. Presenter at Texas University and College Counseling Centers Conference, Waco, TX

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Andy in Waco, TX | 05/17/2018
Dr. Wood has been nothing short of fantastic for me. She has helped me through so much. Her style of therapy is very personal, hands-on, and compassionate; this makes sessions with her something to look forward to. I have now moved away from Waco but I have remained with her because through our years together we have formed a connection that I think is SO important in therapy. If I could rate her more than 5 stars I would.

Dr. Wood has helped me so much trhoughour college. I would recommend her a thousand times if I could!!

-Waco, TX | 02/24/2018
Dr. Wood has been such a God-send for me. She has coached me through some of the most difficult times of my life these past few years, and has always been honest and supportive. She's flexible with scheduling and always makes me feel welcome and understood, no matter what. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Waco, TX | May 09, 2017
Dr. Wood helped me process the grief following a miscarriage. I found her through an online search looking for LGBTQ friendly counselors. She was very respectful of my sexuality and life partner. I initially reached out to Dr. Wood via email, she responded promptly and scheduled me right away. My first appointment was only a couple days after my initial email. Dr. Wood is professional, compassionate, and knowledgable. She is one of the best therapists I have worked with; I recommend her highly

WacoTX | April 04, 2017
Dr. Wood is by far one of the most kind hearted and wonderful people in my life. She has helped me grow and develop in more ways that I can even express. Her understanding and generosity of spirit has shaped my life and I would recommend her to anyone. She beautifully blends an amazing amount of education and experience with faith based practice that is truly transformational. She has taught me how to trust myself and I couldn't be more grateful for her guidance. She is an answer to prayer! 

Tallahassee, FL | Jul 08, 2016
Dr. Wood is kind and generous. She made everything easy. I love that she is willing to communicate over text. Great therapist.

Scott in Waco, Texas | Jun 30, 2016
I immediately felt welcome and at ease with Dr. Wood. We connected on a very genuine and sincere level right away, and that bond continued throughout the duration of my treatment. She was always on time, and always professional. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Wood to anyone else seeking treatment. 

Waco, TX | Jun 28, 2016
So wonderful! She makes it so easy to be open with her and really is interested in making sure that you are living the best life that you can.

Rebecca in Waco, Texas | Jun 27, 2016
I began seeing Dr. Wood a few months ago. She is extremely personable and immediately made me feel comfortable. Her office is great, too! It smells so good in there. I plan to continue to see her in the future, and would definitely recommend her to others!

Surviving Graduate Student in Waco, TX | Jun 21, 2016
Dr. Wood is a special kind of psychologist. She really relates to my feelings rather than reciting rhetoric out of a psych manual. Her empathy is second to none and she truly helps me work through issues, feelings, and emotions that I having difficulty processing myself. She pulled me back from the brink of an existential crisis of epic proportions. My life could and likely would be in a far worse place if it were not for the fortune of finding Dr. Wood.




“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Wood as a speaker on a number of occasions.  Not only is she knowledgeable in various subjects and thoroughly prepared, but Dr. Wood’s disarming personality and speaking style allow her to connect with and truly engage her audience.  From humorous anecdotes to personal application, Dr. Wood has a way of making complex ideas both relevant and relatable. Her presentations are certainly enjoyable, but more importantly, you can expect to walk away feeling as if you’ve truly gained something from the experience.” 

Candice Coulter, MS
Adjunct Professor, Baylor University

"Dr. Wood is an incredibly gifted speaker. I had her come speak to my staff in the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor University, and they still rave about her refreshing presence and words over a year later!  She has the uncanny ability to speak right to the heart, and make an impact that leaves the audience more in touch with what it is to be human."

Sinda K. Vanderpool, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
"Dr. Wood is a phenomenal presenter!  She is highly competent, engaging, and hilarious.  My students love hearing from someone who is authentic and relatable.  I always look for ways to integrate sessions lead by Dr. Wood in the courses I teach and programs that I facilitate because I know that students will listen.  Dr. Wood has a gift that enables students to thoughtfully reflect and respond during her presentations - it is the perfect balance! "
Emily Sandvall, MA
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science 
“Dr. Emma Wood has an incredible way of depicting the interconnected effects of discrimination, self-identity, and societal acceptance for individuals with disabilities. She has an amazing personal story to share with others to show how one’s disability can be accepted, embraced, and used as an ability to help others.”

Kristen Mainor, Ed.S., L.S.S.P., BCBA
Director, Behavioral and Educational ServicesBaylor University
My department and I have invited Dr. Emma Wood to speak on several occasions. I would personally describe Dr. Wood as extremely reliable and versatile given her broad range of knowledge in diverse topics and fields of expertise (gender identity, human sexuality, mental health, grief and vulnerability, etc.). She’s naturally gifted at connecting pieces of her own personal story to theory and the field of psychology. As a speaker, she makes herself accessible and relatable to the audience by being authentic, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable about various topics that affect us every day. The feedback we get from students, faculty and staff after every one of her workshops is generally astounding!”

Jorge M. Burmicky, M.A.
Hall Director, Campus Living and Learning
Campus Living & Learning
"I had the opportunity to experience Dr. Wood’s creative, warm, and engaging style at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an outstanding speaker and professional who uses theory and research to support her heartfelt insights. She can appeal to any audience with her humor and expertise. I highly recommend Dr. Wood!"

Dr. Marisa Moore
Psychologist, University of Pittsburgh & University of Maryland
"Dr. Wood was great to work with in both coordinating and implementing the training. Her desire to know information about staff showed how important it was to her that the training was personalized for our agency. Her training met a great need with our staff and she offered practical, real life examples for recognizing and making changes to create a culture of self-care. Our staff enjoyed how interactive and informative the training was, saying that they got a lot out of it that can be used to better take care of themselves, in order to provide better care for our clients."

Rebekah West, MBA
Staff Trainer
Methodist Children's Home

Office is located at the corner of Austin Avenue and 7th street in down town Waco. Park in the lot and look for my logo on the side of the building!

613 Austin Ave
Suite E2
Waco, TX 76701


1701 Dutton Ave.
Waco, TX 76706
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