About Meg Blattner, PhD
Licensed Maryland Psychologist
Parent Coach and Consultant
I am a licensed psychologist. I attended Boston College and earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology, my MA in Mental Health Counseling, and my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Economics.
My experiences include working in inpatient and outpatient settings. I have worked with children who are experiencing severe emotional distress on a child inpatient behavioral health unit. I have also worked with children, adolescents, and adults who suffer with moderate distress in outpatient settings. And I have provided prevention programming with children and families in school and community settings. I also have experience managing mental health crises and de-escalating situations with intense emotional dysregulation.
Perhaps more than my professional training and experience, I am also a mother to two young children, and have plenty of first-hand experience with this difficult season in life. I provide a down-to-earth and non-judgmental space. We will partner together so you do not have to muddle through alone. I am also a military spouse and can speak to the stress of parenting during transitions like moves, deployments, and extended periods of time solo parenting.
Parent Support Services
Working With Me
Because of my experience as a psychologist, I especially enjoy supporting parents whose children may be experiencing behavioral concerns such as:
- Emotional meltdowns or temper tantrums
- Sleep problems (infancy through adolescence)
- Anxiety and worry
- Lagging social skills
- Difficulty following directions
- Aggression (hitting/kicking/biting)
- Separation anxiety
I provide skills and mindsets to better work with your children at home. I will also tell you honestly if your child’s concerns are beyond what can be helped with this service alone and either work as part of your care team and/or refer you to other providers or services as needed.
Working With Me
In therapy with me, you will feel valued and heard. I hope that you will feel comfortable talking to me like a friend while also trusting that I have the expertise to help you reach your goals.
I am deeply committed to the uniqueness of each of my clients and maximizing your strengths. Please know that I customize my approach to meet you and your unique experiences, symptoms, cultural background, and goals.
I am excited to help you find your peace and purpose.
What to Expect
I meet with all clients via video conferencing or telephone.
Sessions are approximately 50 minutes long. Prior to your session, you will receive an email to register in my client portal and complete a questionnaire and/or intake paperwork. Please complete this at least 24 hours before your first session, so I have time to carefully review what you write in order to maximize our time together. We can certainly still meet if you don’t have time to complete the paperwork (believe me I get it and I have more than once not completed forms ahead for a doctor’s appointment myself), but I just want you to get the most out of your session.
My Credentials and Experience
- PhD Counseling Psychology, Boston College
- MA Mental Health Counseling, Boston College
- BA Economics and Human Development, Boston College
Places I have worked and trained
- Boston College
- National Institutes of Health
- Loyola University Maryland
- George Mason University
- Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital
- The RAND Corporation
- Emerson College
- YMCA of Greater Boston
- Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
License and NPI
- Licensed Psychologist, State of Maryland, #06156
- NPI: 1003117060
Dumont, C., Sheridan, L., Blattner, M., Besancon, E., Lopes, F., Kassem, L., & McMahon, F. (in press) Validity of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) as a Screening Tool for Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in Anabaptist Populations.
Pagano, C., Blattner, M.C.C., & Kaplan-Levy, S. (2018). Therapeutic Assessment with Child Inpatients. Journal of Personality Assessment, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1447945.
Blattner, M.C., & Franklin, A.J. (2017). Why Are OST Workers Dedicated—or Not?: Factors that
influence commitment to OST care work. Afterschool Matters, 9.
Blattner, M.C.C., Liang, B., Lund, T., & Spencer, R. (2013). Searching for a Sense of Purpose: The role of parents and effects on self-esteem among female adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 5, 839-848.
Liang, B., Duffy, N., & Blattner, M.C.C. (2013). “The On-Line World, the Internet, Social Class and Counseling.” In Liu, W.M. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Class and Counseling. New York: Oxford University Press.
Liang, B., Commins, M.C., Duffy, N. (2010). Using Social Media to Engage Youth: Education, Injustice & Humanitarianism. Prevention Researcher, 17, 5, 13-16.
Commins, M.C. (2008). India’s Development Goals in Education and Gender Inequality. The Eagletarian, Boston College’s Economic Association’s Research Journal.