Emily McKay

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Hello and welcome.
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a Masters degree in Psychology. I have 19 years of experience counseling people in private practice, hospitals, schools, and corporations.

I imagine you are here because you are feeling stuck, or are going through a difficult time. Sadness, anxiety, grief, insecurity, relationship struggles...I really believe these are all part of being human.
The good news is, we can learn ways of working with our thoughts and emotions so that we suffer less, and feel more happy and at peace.
Sometimes just feeling really heard and supported in a non-judgemental way can in itself be very relieving and healing.
As your counselor, I intend to not only help you through this time, but also to provide you with new perspectives, tools, and insights that you can take and use throughout your life.

At an earlier time in my life, I dealt with a lot of sadness and confusion. Looking for answers, I pursued interests in philosophy and world religions. Eventually, I landed in Psychology, studying both Eastern and Western therapy approaches.

While I view everyone as an individual with unique circumstances, there are 3 basic principles that I tend to bring into my work:

1. Exploration and Discovery
I use mindfulness techniques to help you quickly but deeply tune into yourself, and get to the core of thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Often these patterns are outside of your everyday awareness! It can be very enlightening and empowering to work with yourself on this deeper level.

2. Examining Patterns
Once we identify the deeper thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors, we can look to see how these are operating in your life. Are there patterns that are no longer serving you or contributing to distress?

3. Practical Action
When you feel ready, we can look at actions you can take in your everyday life to deal with your situation, feel more mastery over intense emotion, and improve your relationship with yourself and others.

Please note, because I want you to get the most out of your counseling experience, I do not work with clients who request asynchronous messaging only. I find that messaging is a wonderful way to check-in between sessions, but to really benefit from the techniques and methods I use, phone, video, and sometimes live chat will bring the best results.

I welcome people of all cultural and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations.
I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 19

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0003220 (Expires: 2019-08-31)


Reviews

Written by E.R. on May 10, 2019 after counseling with Emily for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Emily astounds me in her empathy and ability to understand what I am feeling and experiencing. She is fully engaged in every session and exudes a deeply genuine concern for my well being. She is very dynamic, laughing with me at times to bring levity, then serious and sentimental at others. Emily incorporates many different visualization and mindfulness techniques, offering unique vantage points to help me tackle my issues from new angles. I am so thankful to have been paired with Emily and know I am on the right road for a brighter, happier, more balanced life through this journey of self-exploration, understanding and compassion.

I can’t recommend her highly enough!!!

Written by E.M. on Apr 14, 2019 after counseling with Emily for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Emily has been what I have needed for a long time. After only a few sessions, she has understood and defined the struggles I have been having, and now we are working towards achieving the obstacles that are in my way to being me again.