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Amanda Van Emburgh Family and Child Therapy Vienna, VA

Amanda Van Emburgh


I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT-S)* and specialize in treating those who have experienced trauma, grief, and loss, parents of children who have special needs, neurodivergent young people, and those transitioning to college or taking time off after high school. I hold a certification in Trauma Informed Clinical Practice, and have advanced training in play and expressive therapies. I am also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified therapist.

I offer parenting consultation to those looking to strengthen attachment and relationships with their children. I offer expertise in parenting strategies for spirited, high-needs children.

I provide clients specific strategies that are tailored to clients’ particular situation and their background, and strive to meet them where they are in life. I practice using an integrative approach, utilizing play therapy and expressive therapies, Theraplay® principles,Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), EMDR, and Internal Family Systems. I am also trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). I bring a strength-focused approach to my work with adolescents, adults, and their families. I also rely on humor and laughter to facilitate the healing process.


Finally, I believe in the importance of social justice and equality for all and bring this perspective to my therapeutic work with clients and in my pursuit of advanced training and consultation.

Coming to therapy can sometimes be hard or uncomfortable the first time. My therapeutic space provides a place for individuals to heal and grow, whether it is a result of a traumatic experience, worries, or other feelings that need exploration and resolution.

*I offer clinical supervision to psychologists seeking licensure in Virginia, as well as play therapists working to become Registered Play Therapists. Please contact me for more information.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Play Therapy

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

  • Virginia Association for Play Therapy

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Clinical Areas of Expertise

  • Adjustment to Life Stressors

  • Anxiety

  • Adolescents

  • Depression

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Grief & Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Transition to College

  • Trauma


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in group private practice at a large group practice providing individual, family, and group therapy services to children and families.

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in outpatient mental health/substance abuse clinic providing assessment, individual, and group therapy services to all ages.

  • Therapy intern at inpatient forensic psychiatric hospital offering psychological assessments, individual, and group therapy to adults.

  • Therapy intern at home-based therapeutic services organization providing therapy to children, adolescents, and their families in their homes and in the community.

  • Therapy extern at college counseling clinic offering individual therapy to young adults.

  • Therapy intern at a combined middle and high school 

  • Guidance counselor at an elementary school offering individual services as well as guidance lessons to K-3rd graders.

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