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Emma Kiely, MA

Associate Professional Counselor - Eligible

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Emma is an APC-eligible counselor who completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College, in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a specialized interest in working with children, teenagers, and young adults with anxiety, OCD & trauma. Emma incorporates cognitive-behavioral and holistic practices into her counseling. Emma is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), an evidence-based treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, allowing her to specialize in treating those struggling with OCD.

Prior to entering her master's program at Boston College, she graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where she majored in psychology and minored in neuroscience and biology. As an undergraduate, Emma spent time at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center as an adolescent inpatient intern and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) as an outreach intern. Emma completed her master’s clinical internship at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England. She served as a graduate intern with BMC’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and provided compassionate and engaging counseling to children, teenagers, and young adults ages seven to twenty.

Emma works with clients from all backgrounds struggling with anxiety disorders including OCD, panic disorder, health anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), agoraphobia, and specific phobias. She also has extensive experience working with children and teenagers with various mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Emma also works with military children and families as she understands the unique stressors and struggles that come along with frequent moves and separations.

Emma takes a humanistic, holistic, and scientific-based approach to her clients’ presenting problems, helping them to connect deeply with both their bodies and minds and heal from chronic anxiety or dysregulation. Given her educational background in neuroscience and biology, she strives to demystify mental health-related struggles by helping her clients learn more about the brain and biological bases of anxiety and other conditions. Emma enjoys using body-based practices such as breathwork, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga to elicit nervous system regulation within her clients. Emma has received formal training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) from the Medical University of South Carolina, Motivational Interviewing from Boston Medical Center, and Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) from Boston Medical Center. She has additional experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) with individuals and groups.

Emma is under the supervision of Kirsten Banks, LPC, CPCS, CAI, CIP.

Professional Credentials...

  • Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, MA, Boston College

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Psychology with minors in Biology and Neuroscience, Salve Regina University

  • Trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Medical University of South Carolina

  • Motivational Interviewing, Boston Medical Center

  • Trauma Systems Therapy, Boston Medical Center

  • Trained in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavior Institute

Concentration In...

  • Children, Adolescents, & Teens

  • Young Adults

  • Anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Trauma

  • Panic Disorders

  • Specific Phobias

  • Depression

  • Perfectionism

  • Military Children & Families

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