those of you who do not know me, I’m Emily Engel, a graduate of C.W.
Post’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (2010). As the Team’s first
Coordinator, I assisted Dr. Demaria in developing the Trauma Team. I
hoped to specialize in trauma, and this experience provided me with the
ideal opportunity to increase my skills and receive mentoring by Dr.
Demaria, a highly respected leader in the field. Under Dr. Demaria’s
guidance, I organized trainings and responses, completed the Red Cross:
Disaster Mental Health Institute, responded to a variety of community
traumas/disasters, mentored Trauma Team members, conducted research and
presented at ISTSS and ABCT, attended various networking and training
events, and conducted trauma-focused psychotherapy. I was honored to be
recognized for my efforts as Trauma Team Coordinator, and was awarded
the Distinguished Student Service Award in Clinical Psychology, American
Psychological Association, Div. 12, 2010; Hometown Hero Award, Intrepid
Sea, Air and Space Museum, 2009; and Health Care Hero Award for
Community Outreach, Long Island Business News, 2009. I am very grateful
for the experiences I had in the Trauma Team, as they were personally
enriching and deeply influential in my professional development.
graduation, I relocated to Charlotte, NC, where I obtained my license
and joined a local group private practice. While I have the support of
colleagues at the practice, I am responsible for developing my own
caseload – which requires a considerable amount of marketing and
networking efforts. I am thankful to have acquired these skills in my
leadership role in the Trauma Team, and have been successful in
establishing a professional presence for myself in the area. In the
last few months, I have given a number of lectures and presentations at
local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and schools, and am earning a
name for myself as a specialist in trauma recovery and child/adolescent
issues. Most recently, I presented “Crises and Disasters in Schools:
Preparation, Response and Recovery” at Presbyterian Hospital’s
Behavioral Health Symposium, and will assist local schools in preparing
to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. As I reflect back, my Trauma
Team experiences have equipped me well to transition into a professional
role in a new community.
viewing the Trauma Team website and speaking with Dr. Demaria, it is
clear the Trauma Team continues to grow and serve the community in
exciting ways. I wish you all the best in your continued development.
Feel free to contact me, if I can be of any assistance in the future.
Emily C. Engel, Psy.D., LPA
Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center
5203 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210