Teen Counseling in Charlotte, NC

You want to see your child live a life that’s full, happy, and meaningful.

This is why watching them struggle can feel so overwhelming and heartbreaking.

You’ve been doing everything you can possibly think of to help and support your child, but lately they seem less and less like themselves – and you feel more lost than ever.

The good news is, you’re not alone. Many parents struggle when it comes to helping their children cope with the stresses of being a teen or preteen in the modern world.

But with the right support, your child can feel more calm and balanced in life – and so can you!

Emily Materdo - Charlotte Counselor and Therapist

Hi, I'm Emily.

I help teens, preteens and the parents who love them find calm, balance, and self-confidence.

If you're here because...

  • Regular feelings of anger, sadness, or anxiety
  • Difficulty regulating their emotions
  • Withdrawing and isolating from others
  • Perfectionism or low self-image
  • Managing life stress, including academics, peer relationships, or family issues

I can help you...

  • Alleviate anger, sadness, and anxiety
  • Learn skills to cope with and regulate emotional ups and downs
  • Feel more confident in their interpersonal relationships
  • Increase self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Develop effective strategies for coping with and navigating sources of stress

Why I became a teen counselor

I first discovered my passion for working with kids and adolescents while volunteering at a children’s psychiatric hospital years ago. As a volunteer, I quickly discovered how impactful and rewarding it can be to help teens and preteens achieve personal growth and emotional wellness simply by giving them a supportive environment to share their emotional struggles. It was this opportunity, and witnessing firsthand how therapeutic support can bring meaningful change into a young person’s life, that led me to become a therapist. I understand how crucial it is for parents to see their kids thrive emotionally, and I’m deeply committed to supporting both teens and parents on the journey toward growth and well-being.

Teen counselor in Charlotte, NC

Areas of expertise:

Trauma & PTSD



Mood Disorders

Relationships & Conflict

Teen Counseling

Family and friends impacted by addiction

Types of therapy:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Solution Focused Therapy

Accepted insurance:

Blue Cross & Blue Shield

What's teen counseling like with me?

Teens often feel the pressure to handle everything – school, friends, and home stuff – like they’ve got it all figured out. The pressure can be immense, and for many teens the hardest part is feeling like they have to navigate the confusing, stressful world of adolescence all on their own.

Even teens with highly supportive parents and families often need a neutral space to talk about the ups and downs of being a teenager. This is why having a qualified teen counselor in their lives who can relate and truly hear them out is so beneficial for teens.

Effective teen counseling is all about the connection! Teenagers enjoy working with me because I bring a real and relatable approach to therapy. My flexible and personalized style allows me to connect with teens, get them talking, and ultimately help them overcome their emotional struggles in a way that not every therapist can.

My therapeutic approach is ecclectic; I mix it up based on what your teen needs. With me, therapy is not just about learning new skills; it’s about building confidence in the context of a supportive relationship and navigating the teenage journey together.

I get that starting therapy can be a bit nerve-wracking, both for you and your son or daughter. So, I focus on creating a laidback and supportive space where your teen can be themselves, and you can feel comfortable too.

Off the clock

When I’m not at work, I enjoy trail running with my dog, hiking, and exploring new places. I’m also an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Could your son or daughter use some added support? If so, I’d be honored to help. Reach out today to schedule a first session or to learn more.

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