Emma McBride, MA - Doctoral Psychology Intern
Emma McBride is in the process of completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Rowan University. She is currently doing a one-year internship at the Center for Growth as part of her doctoral training. She works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and groups.
Emma uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach to build a warm and safe relationship with her clients. She works primarily from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational perspectives to help clients: reframe their relationship to distressing thoughts and emotions; define and commit to their values, and explore new ways of connecting with others. Emma is also a meditation instructor and long-time practitioner. She enjoys integrating mindfulness into her work to help clients connect with their bodies, soothe painful emotions, and explore the spiritual aspects of their lives.
Emma enjoys working with clients experiencing anxiety, panic, depression, OCD, addiction, trauma, chronic illness, grief, and relationship distress. She also has experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients seeking support around sexual orientation, coming out, and gender identity. Regardless of what is bringing you to therapy, many of Emma’s clients are also encouraged to engage in mindfulness practice, guided reflection/journaling, self-compassion practice, and behavior change exercises, in addition to individual therapy.
Outside of her work at the Center for Growth, Emma is completing research on mindfulness, stress, and health at Rowan University. Her academic work focuses on the ways meditation practice may change how our bodies react to stress, as well as adapting mindfulness-based groups for individuals facing loss and chronic illness. When she is not at the Center or doing research, Emma spends her time teaching meditation at Cooper Medical School, planting veggies at her community garden, and hanging out with her partner and two cats.