Emma Jackson (E.J.) Smith, CCTP, LPC

VA Clinical Manager

     Emma Jackson (E.J.) Smith, M.S. is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). E.J. has experience treating a range of concerns including mood disruptions, anxiety, grief, LGBTQ experiences or just dealing with compounding life stress that is taking a toll on your well-being. She also has extensive training in working with survivors of trauma and abuse, as well as military and veterans.

     E.J. has worked in a variety of mental health treatment settings including rape crisis centers, inpatient settings, private practice and with the military. She holds a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. E.J. is also a Certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate from the National Organization of Victim Advocacy, an serves as a Subject Matter Expert/Advisory Board Member for OutServe-SLDN.


     E.J. uses an integrated approach based primarily on the Existential therapy and supported with client-centered and cognitive-behavioral techniques. This approach integrates techniques designed to facilitate self-discovery, as well as to empower clients to solve problems and improve emotional connections utilizing their unique strengths and lived experiences in practical and useful ways. E.J. is trained in several advanced modalities including Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).


     E.J. offers a safe, non-judgemental, identity affirming environment. Clients who are exploring their sexual and gender identities are welcome.



     Licensed Professional Counselor (VA)



     Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (IATP)

     National Certified Counselor (NBCC)


   Caring, Committed Counseling in Your Community

   Services for Individuals, Couples, Children &; Families

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