Charlotte Counseling for Young Adults & Teens

You want to build a life that’s full, happy, and meaningful, but daily stress and anxiety keep getting in the way.

A part of you believes you should be able to just “push through” all the difficult emotions you’re feeling but trying to do so only leaves you more exhausted.

Worse still, the more you try to push through the pain, the more you worry you may never get out of the rut you’re in.  

With the right support, you can learn to manage difficult emotions and start living the full, happy, meaningful life that you are longing for.  


Emily Materdo - Charlotte Counselor and Therapist

Hi, I'm Emily.

I help young adults and teens move from emotional pain and distress to self-discovery, personal growth, and lasting happiness.

If you're here because...

  • Feeling trapped by painful experiences from your past
  • Exhausted and overwhelmed by dysfunctional relationships in your life
  • Dissatisfied with where you’re at in life
  • Struggling to cope with recent life transitions or losses
  • Uncertain how to navigate confusing family dynamics

I can help you...

  • Recognize and challenge distorted thought patterns of yourself and others
  • Learn skills to help you manage dysfunctional relationships more effectively
  • Develop strategies to increase your self-esteem and core confidence
  • Cultivate healthy ways of coping with anxiety and depression
  • Understand your family’s dynamics and navigate them more effectively

Why I became a therapist

I found my way into the field of clinical social work after having the opportunity to volunteer at a children and adolescent psychiatric unit. At the time, I was uncertain about my professional path. But as a volunteer, I quickly discovered how impactful and rewarding it can be to help others achieve personal growth and emotional wellness by providing a safe and supportive environment for them to share about their emotional struggles. 

Now, as a licensed clinical social worker, I continue to love what I do. I’m passionate about the many ways this work brings about meaningful changes that ripple across our community. I have also had the privilege of walking alongside my clients in moments of courage, vulnerability, and growth. I’m grateful for my early experience as a volunteer and my now-10 years of experience as both a clinical and medical social worker. Both continue to inform the hopeful outlook I bring to my work with my clients today: No matter the difficulties you face, it’s possible to feel happiness and joy again. 

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 it like to work with me?

I’m a counselor who believes you are the expert of your own life. My role isn’t to tell you what you’re doing “wrong” or to instruct you on what you need to change; it’s to help you find and live into the way of being alive that feels most authentic and life-giving to you.

I strive to do this in several ways. First, I listen thoughtfully, bringing curiosity and inquisitiveness to your story, life experiences, and present-day challenges. To me, you’re not a label or list of symptoms; you’re a unique human being with a unique, important story to tell. This is also why I don’t subscribe to one specific school of therapy: utilizing an integrative approach enables me to tailor treatment to your specific needs, preferences, and personality.

Next, I focus on establishing trust and rapport in our work together. I recognize that, for many of us, going to therapy brings significant anxiety and fear. It’s my goal to ease your anxieties by building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with you. The way I see it, we’re partners in this work.   

Finally, I prioritize being real with you each step of the way. Effective therapy requires mutual honesty, so I’ll encourage you to speak your truth during sessions. I hold myself to this same standard, which means I’m committed to being honest and direct with you at all times. This can look like calling attention to discrepancies in what you share with me or gently pointing out ways you may not be being truthful with yourself. I’m not a passive therapist, so rather than just nodding along during sessions, I’ll challenge you to dig deep into your thoughts and feelings and push you, in a therapeutic way, toward the change and growth you desire.  

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.

Ready to take the next step toward living a more full and meaningful life?  Click on “get started now” or call Modern Era Counseling at 704-800-4436 to schedule your first appointment today.

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