Emma Kim Rust (they/them), MSW, LGSW

Clinic-Based DBT IOP Services

My goal as a therapist is to assist you in creating the change you want to see in your life. To do so, I work to strike the dynamic balance between radically accepting you in your most vulnerable and painful moments, and challenging you to expand your skills and possibilities towards a life worth living. In my DBT practice, I draw from other therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Therapy, Relational Cultural Theory, and Somatic Therapies to attend to you as a whole person within the context of your identities, experiences, and the systems you navigate.

I enjoy working with a range of individuals. I have a strong interest in supporting those who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color), LGTBQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirit, +). I also feel strongly about supporting those with trauma histories, altered states, and criminalized identities or experiences.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

ACP’s DBT program adheres to the Linehan model of DBT, is certified by MN DHS. Our clients meet with their individual therapist for one hour a week and attend a two-hour weekly skills group for at least 26 weeks. Unlike traditional group psychotherapy which focuses on processing experiences and feelings, DBT groups focus on learning four sets of important skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is a very effective treatment for multiple conditions including borderline personality disorder, depression, PTSD, impulsivity, eating disorders, and some forms of anxiety.

Telehealth Services

To expand and improve our care options for clients, ACP offers Telehealth (phone or video) appointments. Telehealth uses phone or video conferencing to connect you with highly qualified and experienced providers in real-time from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Before your telehealth appointment, you will receive details for how you will connect with your provider. If you will be connecting via phone, the provider will plan to call you at your scheduled appointment time. Please be ready to take the call and also check that your phone allows calls from blocked numbers (accessible within your phone settings). If you will be connecting via video conference, your provider will email you an invite to join the appointment. Please call our office to learn more about ACP’s telehealth services and to schedule an appointment.

Areas of Specialty

  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Mood disorders
  • Altered states

Licensures / Titles

  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
  • Mental Health Practitioner


  • Master of Social Work (MSW) – University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Art (BA) – Whitman College


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