Meghan McMackin, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and young adults at the Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment in Falls Church and Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. McMackin specializes in working with individuals with anxiety-based disorders (e.g., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Selective Mutism, phobias, etc.), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, tic disorders, and depressive disorders. Dr. McMackin also provides parent support and training to assist parents in supporting their children’s mental health and behavioral concerns at home.
Dr. McMackin received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychology (NASP) accredited program. Her specialization in educational psychology has afforded her a thorough understanding of educational systems, including 504 and Special Education programming. Dr. McMackin also has experience working with children, adolescents, and families across community mental health, school, and clinical settings. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. Through internship, she administered evidence-based assessment and therapeutic services to children and adolescents with a range of presenting concerns. Dr. McMackin completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists in Austin, Texas, where she provided specialized therapy for children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, OCD, and co-occurring disorders.
Dr. McMackin’s approach to therapy is warm and compassionate. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective, emphasizing individual clients’ positive attributes and genuinely believing in their autonomy and ability to succeed. Dr. McMackin’s genuine compassion and care for clients create a safe and trusting environment in which clients feel comfortable and at ease participating in therapy as they work towards identified goals. Her theoretical approach is integrative, drawing from evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. Dr. McMackin also works collaboratively with parents/families and educational professionals to promote treatment goals.