Emily Maher, PhD
Meet Dr. Emily Maher
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and offer online and in-person individual therapy to adults of all ages in the state. I take an integrative approach to therapy, drawing especially on my experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is of paramount importance, and I prioritize this relationship first and foremost in my work with all my clients. I have a particular interest in working with individuals wishing to process and move forward following trauma, whether recent or in the distant past. I have received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE), two evidence-based approaches for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as CBT for Insomnia. I also enjoy working with clients confronting other types of loss or life transition, including the transition to parenthood, transition to adulthood, grief and loss, and other milestones.
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University, where my research and clinical work focused on evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions, mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, couples, and the transition to motherhood. I have published research on mindfulness, couples, and postpartum psychological health. During my pre-doctoral internship at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, WI, I pursued specialized training in the treatment of trauma- and stressor-related disorders and insomnia as well as more general mental health challenges. During my postdoctoral fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where I worked in the Post-Deployment and Readjustment Program at the Providence VA, I obtained further specialized training in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, grief, and adjustment issues related to major life changes and transitions.
My Approach & Philosophy
I believe that personal growth in therapy occurs primarily within the context of a genuine connection and sense of trust between therapist and client. As such, I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with my clients that is founded in warmth, understanding, unconditional compassion, and mutual respect. From here, I believe that deep and lasting transformation occurs through an evolving process of building insight and willingness to make behavioral changes. I work with clients to clarify their values–what really matters to them, deep down–and to take an honest look at what is getting in the way of living a life they truly care about. I draw heavily upon my training in mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches. I utilize these approaches to help my clients foster a more honest, intimate, and connected relationship with their emotions, thoughts, and personal relationships and to regain a sense of agency over their lives and choices.