Emily Soukhanouvong, Psy.D.


I'm a Licensed Psychologist in Charlotte, NC


Hello, I am Emily Soukhanouvong (pronounced “Sue-kon-no-vong”!).

As a second-generation Southeast Asian American raised in a family of immigrants from Laos, I grew up with a multicultural perspective. I developed a passion for understanding what it means to be human in all different contexts, struggles, and all. During my pursuit of becoming a psychologist, I came to love applying dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) in my work with others.

What does this look like in a session with me?

My work with individuals usually combines cultural sensitivity care by ensuring I do not assume to know everything about your history, experience, and personal beliefs. As a passionate DBT-er, I navigate therapy through the balance of acceptance and change (you will most likely catch me saying “both/and” rather than “either/or” session). So, I am also here to create a safe space with validation and nonjudgement while helping you to make effective changes that work for you.

Outside of the office you can find me either playing tennis, trying to be a plant mom, engaging in arts and crafts and exploring different kinds of food.

  • Licensed Psychologist, North Carolina
  • Intensive training and implementation of Comprehensive Dialectic Behavior Therapy
  • Intensive training and implementation of Exposure Response Prevention
  • Pre-doctoral Internship at Broughton State Hospital in Morganton, NC
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship specializing in Comprehensive DBT and ERP at Potomac Behavior Solutions in Arlington, VA
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology, Regent University, dissertation on Ethnic Identity and Perceived Discrimination Among Generations of Asian Americans.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Publications and Presentations:

  • Soukhanouvong, N., Scott, N., & Slogar, S-M. (2016, November). Compassion Fatigue. Consultation for Samaritan House Staff, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Soukhanouvong, N., Brauchle, E., & Montiel, L. (2015, November). Mental Health and the Refugee Population. Cultural Diversity Luncheon Series Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Hamilton, A. & Soukhanouvong, N. (2015, August) Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Culture Shock, Stress and Coping. Focus group debrief session at the Law School Program, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Soukhanouvong, N. (2015, April). Resistance in Therapy. Presentation at Psychological Services Center weekly staff meeting, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Soukhanouvong, N., & Brauchle, E. (2014, November). The Idealized Self and the Maladaptive Christian Self Image: A Comparative Analysis between Karen Horney and Reinhold. Poster Session at Christian Association for Psychological Studies East Regional Conference, Bethesda, MD.
We don't need people to fix or tidy up our feelings, we need people who will hold a safe space for us to be fully seen, heard, felt, and understood.
- Taylor Grismore
Emily Soukhanouvong, a Licensed Psychologist based out of Charlotte, NC and employed by ChangeWell Psych

Counseling for Adolescents (14+) & Young Adults

I have training in various evidence-based treatments, and I specialize in working with adolescents (14+) and adults who are struggling with:

Anxiety, specifically academic performance and burnout
Self-Injurious Behaviors
Life changes and transitions
Obsessions and Compulsive Behaviors
Emerging adulthood issues
Diversity and multicultural identity issues

My Approach to Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT focuses on helping you to build and find meaning on “have a life worth living”- Marsha Linehan, creator of DBT. Some may be struggling with having a fulfilling life due to struggles with emotion dysregulation (a fancy way of saying that your emotions come on strongly,
quickly, and worse of all, terribly).

Engaging in DBT is learning skills to help you overcome these emotional struggles and unhelpful behaviors (possibly self-injurious or even life-threatening) that contribute to these unpleasant and intense emotions. Through DBT, I am here to provide validation and coach skills to help build that emotional stability inside and outside my office.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT is all about me working with you to explore and reframe certain thinking and behavior patterns to help resolve challenges in your life. This includes discovering assumptions that impact your negative feelings and identifying goals we can work on in therapy.

Throughout CBT, we collaboratively use tools and mental strategies to get closer to personal goals while overcoming the “thinking and behavior barriers” that could prevent or recover from emotional disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, panic disorder).

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

ERP prioritizes ending the cycle of being bullied by your fear. In particular, I work with those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and those who want to work on not letting their unwanted, intrusive thoughts (i.e., the obsessions piece) lead them to engage in rituals or avoidant behaviors (i.e., the compulsive part).

ERP consists of first understanding OCD; the issue is not the existence of your particular fears or uncomfortable experiences but your relationship with them. When we work together and encourage you to confront these obsessive thoughts by engaging in feared situations, you can break that fear cycle to free up the mental space and energy for the things that matter to you.


Meet ChangeWell Psych's Therapists

Leia Charnin, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Talley Mortara, LMFTA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Aliya Saulson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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