Kaelin Emery

Kaelin Emery, PsyD
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples
Office Location
: Dupont Circle

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Dr. Kaelin Emery is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with individuals and couples. She specializes in treating individuals who have had traumatic experiences, but also has expertise working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, and identity concerns.

Kaelin feels truly honored to accompany her clients on their journey to wellness. Her goal is to understand each client’s unique experience and work with them to uncover unhelpful patterns that are standing in the way of a satisfying life. She strives to empower her clients to tap into their personal strengths and promote deep emotional healing.

Dr. Emery believes that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important ingredients in good therapy. She aims to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment where each client feels heard and understood.

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EDUCATION AND TREATMENT APPROACH:

I received my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. I view emotional symptoms and psychological distress as the result of our unique experiences in caring relationships (I’ve had extensive training with relationship psychology and psychodynamic approach). I’m also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and family systems.

I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual, and strives to understand each individual within their unique context, without making assumptions. I also have experience with multicultural, diverse environments and can sensitively incorporate these factors into our work together.

When working with couples, I use a structured approach that draws from EFT (Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy) and the Gottman Method (both are highly researched and effective treatments for couples). I’m skilled at helping couples get to the underlying issues that are causing their conflicts and helping partners communicate with each other more effectively. Most importantly, I can help you strengthen the bond between you and your partner in order to create a secure, loving foundation for your relationship.

I specialize in treating trauma and appreciate the opportunity to instill hope and build connections with those who previously thought that such healing and a sense of empowerment were not possible. I’ve been able to help my clients move towards a life that is not dominated by their traumatic experiences. Furthermore, I’ve been delighted to lead trainings for other clinicians on how to provide trauma-informed treatment.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

Mental Health:

  • Managing depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Navigating trauma and moving towards a life not dominated by these experiences
  • Helping clients with issues of identity formation
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Substance abuse
  • Family of origin concerns and current family issues
  • Personality disorders

Relationships:

  • Improving communication
  • Expressing needs and getting needs met
  • Managing and diffusing conflict
  • Navigating family conflict and expectations
  • Learning and managing cross-cultural conflicts
  • Negotiating traditional gender roles to fit your modern lifestyle

THE PROCESS OF THERAPY

I like to describe my presence in the room as “one foot in, one foot out.” I have “one foot in” in the sense that I am right there with you, present with your pain, every step of the way, but I also have “one foot out” in that I am still able to retain my objectivity and be helpful throughout the process.

I understand the courage that it takes to ask for help. I know how humbling and life-changing therapy can be for so many because I have engaged in it myself. Knowing what it is like to be a client informs how I operate as a therapist. I feel honored to do this work and to have helped so many people achieve their therapeutic goals.

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Or call Kaelin directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 3

Here are some clinical issues that I work with frequently, and typical goals of therapy:

Couples/Families/Parents

  • Improve communication – create safety to talk about vulnerable subjects with respect and care.
  • Transform relationship conflict into connection – deal constructively with negativity and gain healthier, more balanced expectations for your relationship.
  • Infidelity – find out what created the opportunity for an affair, whether you can really work it out and stay together and discover ways to repair your relationship.
  • Pre-marital and pre-parental counseling – discuss some common issues that arise for couples as they are preparing for marriage or expanding their family.
  • Intentional Parenting – become a parent your child respects and listens to without coercion or punishment.

Individuals

  • Improving your success in relationships – gain confidence with being yourself and relating to others.
  • Women’s mental health – resolving gender-based stress, depression, and difficulty in the workplace.
  • Identity development – identifying where you are in your racial/ethnic identity development and/or gender or sexual identity development and how it may be impacting your life.
  • Managing moods (depression, anxiety, chronic stress) – take control of your life and free yourself from fear and worry.
  • Grief counseling – find forgiveness and stability as you grow from tragedy or loss.
  • Healing from trauma and adversity – restore a healthy balance and rhythm and find new meaning in your life.
  • Substance abuse – receive personal support in your recovery to identify and heal the pain that keeps triggering your drinking, smoking, or other drug use.

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