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My Story & Specialities

Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. That changed when I discovered psychology as an undergraduate and soon began my passion for helping students who struggle to learn within our traditional education system. As I worked as a School Psychologist, I became increasingly interested in where behavior comes from and how it interferes with learning. 


I received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006. Wanting to learn more about providing mental health services in public schools, I completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. After completing my internship, I remained in Houston to complete my post-doctoral training in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD where I provided evaluation, therapy, and consultation services in elementary, middle, and high schools. As a Raleigh native, my family returned home in 2010 and I worked for a group practice before opening my solo practice in 2012. I am a Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider specializing therapy for neurodivergent children and teens including those diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, giftedness, and/or learning disabilities.

I have spent the last 20 years working with children, parents, and teachers to help build an understanding of how a child's developmental level, caregiver and peer relationships, and perception of safety intersect to create the ideal environment for a child's optimal growth.

I provide a mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and play therapy that is tailored to each child. In 2017, I received a Professional Certification in the DIR/Floortime model through The Profectum Foundation, which has greatly enhanced my work with young children diagnosed with Autism. 

I am passionate about helping parents connect with their children in order to cultivate loving and supportive interactions that are felt by both parents and child. My background in School Psychology has given me extensive experience conducting psycho-educational evaluations and consulting with teachers and school administrators, which is helpful when supporting families as they navigate school services for their children. 


In addition to my psychology practice, I provide online educational resources for teachers and parents at Learn with Dr. EmilyWhen not in the office, I enjoy reading on the porch, long walks with my dog, and traveling with my husband and two sons.

Academic Publications

King, E.W., Schanding, T., Elmore, G. (2015). Voices From the Field: School psychologists. Gifted Child Today, 38, 234-236. 


King, E.W., Coleman, M.R., Miller, A. (2011). RtI: The Changing Role of School Psychologists in Relation to Gifted Students. Journal of Applied School Psychology. Special Issue: Serving Gifted Students. 


King, E.W. (2005). Addressing the social and emotional needs of twice-exceptional students. Teaching Exceptional Children, 38, 16-20. 

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