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Emily Padin-Neidenberg


Helping You Unlock The Potential You Have To Heal

I’ve always been fascinated by psychology and the ideas behind what drives human emotion and behavior. My interest in the subject bloomed in my teenage years. Growing up, I witnessed numerous friends and family members who struggled with mental illness. These experiences fueled my lifelong passion for mental health and also reinforced how important receiving care is. Now that I’m a therapist, it’s my privilege and pleasure to have a career that allows me to do what I love: pursue my passion while also helping others.

Although our mental health is just as important as physical health, many of us tend to neglect our emotional well-being, especially during times of upheaval and transition. As a therapist, I want to help you navigate your life challenges, allowing you to restore equilibrium and gain confidence by drawing upon the strengths you already possess. 

My Counseling Philosophy

My approach to therapy is rooted in the idea that you are the utmost expert in your life. Rather than presume that I know more about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings than you, I will act as your guide who walks alongside you as your companion on your healing journey. I want to help you access your true potential and experience the innate gifts you possess within.

I believe you already have everything within yourself to heal—my job as a therapist is to help empower and guide you to those answers. In therapy with me, I can help you bring forward the adventurous, courageous, and resilient parts of yourself that may have receded into the background. I aim to instill in you the confidence to overcome whatever is holding you back so you can thrive.

Emotions are what make us human. Therapy is the perfect opportunity to identify, feel, and manage emotions—and our reactions to them—in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. I view clients holistically; not as whatever condition brought them into therapy. By prioritizing self-care, we can expand wellness to also include spiritual and emotional well-being.

I Offer Strengths-Based Therapy For Individuals And Couples

My specialties include working with individuals who may be dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, or trauma. Additionally, I enjoy working with couples who would like to break from the unhealthy cycles of communication they may be getting stuck in.

I use a combination of evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Using a combination of structured modalities that provide clear and specific coping tools along with more emotion-based, experiential approaches ensures that clients are empowered to create healthy life changes that support their well-being.

My person-centered approach means that sessions are never cookie-cutter but tailored to suit your needs. Although I am always empathetic and compassionate to your experience, I am not afraid to keep you accountable by helping to point out blind spots and patterns that keep you stuck.

Creating goals together ensures that your voice will be heard and that your preferences are reflected in what we are working toward in therapy. I like to check in periodically to receive feedback about what’s working and what’s not so we can make adjustments along the way. 

Throughout my life, I too have experienced anxiety and depression and discovered more effective ways to cope. Although we each experience life circumstances in our own unique way, the joy of therapy is being able to share what I’ve learned with my clients. I am continuously learning and implementing new evidence-based approaches that improve my ability to offer solutions that resonate with my clients.

A Little More About Me

Since 2021, I’ve been involved with Thread, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that helps mentor at-risk youth, helping them apply for jobs, obtain a driver’s license, study for exams, and explore the city. I also like to volunteer as an “oyster gardener” at the Healthy Harbor Initiative.

I am passionate about the environment and love connecting with nature by hiking with my dog and kayaking in Baltimore’s nearby lakes and rivers. As an art and music lover, I try to attend as many concerts and festivals as I can. I consider it a privilege to travel and get to learn about other cultures, places, and languages.

Emily Padin-Neidenberg is a certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) practicing in Maryland. After receiving a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Emily went on to receive a master’s degree of Arts in Social Work, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Since 2020, Emily has gained experience in several different settings, including treating individuals with anxiety and depression, working with nurses and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading intensive outpatient groups for adults with addictions, working with youth in the Baltimore Detention Centers, and helping families and couples resolve conflict and process emotions.