Virtual counseling for Washington, DC and Maryland residents
Emma Mattingly, Counseling Associate
Children of veterans and law enforcement officers, as well as emerging adults work with me to process and address worry, sadness, emotional neglect and abandonment, trauma, procrastination, lack of interest and pleasure in doing things, rumination, intrusive thoughts, and more. We will discuss the absence of a parent, the pressures of caretaking, the stress of balancing responsibilities, grief and loss (along with the fear of it), difficulty in interpersonal relationships, and more. My work is also focused on culture (race, gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, etc.) and how it informs personal identity.
My education and training within The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program has prepared me to apply psychological knowledge and counseling approaches to the treatment of offender-patients. The objective of forensic psychotherapy is to help the offender acknowledge responsibility for his/her/their acts and prevent reoccurrence of them.
Our collaborative relationship and clinical work will include learning to better understand emotions, develop effective communication through actively listening and intentionally responding (especially while in distress), define stressors and problems, and implement effective solutions for day-to-day challenges, all while recognizing and building upon existing strengths and managing trauma.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to process trauma and its effects, to identify specific problems or issues in your daily life, to develop awareness of unproductive thought patterns and how they can impact the day-to-day, to identify and reframe negative thoughts, and to learn and implement new behaviors.
I am a compassionate therapist who simultaneously validates and challenges my clients. I remain curious and non-judgmental as I believe that all our thoughts, behaviors and feelings have a reason behind them. I am engaged, responsive, energetic, direct, and warm to all of my clients.
I am providing mental health counseling under the clinical supervision of Barbara Adika, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MD) and Licensed professional Counselor (Washington, DC).