Emily F. Carlson, MSW, LCSW-C, RYT200

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Seeking help is a difficult step for many, and you are not alone. Having professional support can be indispensable when working through the challenges of life. I am passionate about empowering you to develop a meaningful and fulfilling life by helping you increase awareness of patterns of thought and behaviors, recognize when they are getting in your way, and learn strategies to change those habits.

I provide a non-judgmental and supportive space to work collaboratively towards your goals for therapy. Based on your individual needs, I incorporate mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques using a strengths-based approach to therapy.

To say a little more about mindfulness: Mindfulness teaches us to observe our experience without judgment, simply noticing what we are feeling in the present moment and how it feels in our body. Although the present moment may be uncomfortable, by acknowledging its presence without judgment, the discomfort doesn’t last. Through learning mindfulness skills, we are more able to make life choices that align with our goals and values. I teach and coach mindfulness skills in individual, couples, and group therapy.

I specialize in working with individuals and groups struggling with stress, life transitions, depression and anxiety. I have experience working with individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. I have worked in public schools, Employee Assistance Programs and both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings.

I am a Licensed and Board-Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland and Virginia. I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work with specializations in Clinical Mental Health and Employee Assistance Programs at University of Maryland, Baltimore. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and have received training in power vinyasa, trauma sensitive yoga and yin yoga.

Feel free to email or call if you would like to confidentially discuss how individual or group therapy can help. I look forward to working with you.

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Thank you.

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