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Dr. Emily Massey

Clinical Psychology
MD
14 years experience female

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I am a licensed psychologist specializing in premarital and couples counseling, eating disorders and body image, and life transitions. My work in these areas has lent to my heightened expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders as well as substance abuse. Through Widener University, I graduated with my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology while simultaneously completing classes for a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.). Both my doctoral program and internship are accredited by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.). Having worked several years for The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia as well as in multiple university counseling centers (Widener University, George Mason University, and Johns Hopkins University), I possess 15 years of experience working with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, & binge-eating) in both residential and outpatient settings. After completing my doctoral degree, I served as an adjunct professor in multiple graduate counseling programs with courses including clinical interviewing/diagnosis, couples counseling/family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders, motivational interviewing and substance abuse treatment. Since then, I have worked in college counseling, group private practice, and, in Fall 2012, opened my own practice, The Center for Empowered Living, LLC in Towson, MD. From 2013-2016, I joined the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center as a Senior Staff Psychologist and the center’s Eating Disorders Treatment Coordinator. Building on my experience conducting family and couples counseling in these settings, I completed Levels 1-3 of the training required to become a Certified Gottman Method Couples Counselor. When I complete my certification in winter 2017, I will be one of only a few Gottman-certified psychologists practicing in the Baltimore area. I rely heavily on evidence-based psychotherapies: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Gottman Couples Counseling.

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Clinical Psychology

Addiction Medicine

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Ugliness of Dieting: *lanugo - long thin hair all over body *dry/cracking skin *pale in face *vulnerable to infections/rashes due to reduced immunity from food restrict... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
ED Recovery: It depends on severity (whether need hospitalization) how motivated you are to maintain your recovery, whether you have time to attend necessary medic... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Early Alcoholism: Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Anorexia & Menses: It can take several months after you achieve a healthy weight for you to return to a regular menstrual cycle. However, you should always consult with... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Exposure Therapy: Best treated by a center that specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) for anxiety disorders and will actually send a therapist to meet with ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Weight Changes: Many things -- water intake, sodium intake (causing water retention), time in menstrual cycle, recency of a meal, recency of a bowel movement, etc. T... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Medical Instability: Medical instability -- due to low weight and/or dehydration/electrolyte imbalance. Other considerations include: - suicidal thoughts or behaviors - c... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
12-Step for Eating: It is similar, although it really should not be. 12-step eating disorder (ed) groups tend to preach abstinence from certain types of foods. However,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Depression: Immediately seek out treatment with a psychotherapist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) or acceptance and commitment therapy (act). ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Contact High: No, to test positive, studies show you would need to be locked in a small closet for several days with people who are chain smoking.. However, you sh... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Bipolar Test: Anyone who may have bipolar disorder should be formally evaluated by a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. This is not a disorder that is easily dia... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Eating Disorder Tx: It depends on severity of the disorder, the motivation for recovery and available resources (education about eating disorders, social supports, etc.).... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Cannabis: If someone is genetically at risk for developing depression, anxiety, or even psychosis (i.e. - schizophrenia), marijuana can hasten their onset and/o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Social Anxiety & CBT: Seek out a psychotherapist who practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) and specializes in anxiety disorders. Cbt is the most research-supported ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Mood & Anxiety: It is often difficult, but also unnecessary, for professionals to distinguish between depression and anxiety (sometimes called neurosis). Both are bel... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Treat Alcoholism: Definitely. I would recommend a cognitive-behavioral therapist (cbt) who specializes in substance abuse and is familiar with motivational interviewin... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
ACT Therapy: Unless you are debilitated by stress, i recommend psychotherapy rather than meds as a first resort, as the effects are equivalent but longer-lasting. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Anxiety & Depression: Those symptoms may be connected to anxiety and/or depression. However, they can also be symptoms of numerous medical concerns (i.e. - thyroid irregul... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Panic Attacks: Yes, "derealization" is perfectly normal during a panic attack, although people experience varying symptoms during panic. The best treatment is expos... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Drug Withdrawal: Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how ... Read More

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Mar 18, 2013
Great responses. Very impressive!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Massey is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Massey is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Widener University
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

APA-Accredited Internship, Widener University IGCP

Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award, Towson University Honors College - 2013
Top Psychologist, Second Place, Maryland - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Eating Disorder Network (EDN) of Maryland
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