Meghan S. Mattos, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in South Carolina and Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she also had a concentration in dance therapy, and her Doctor of Psychology degree (PsyD) from the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University/Washington, DC in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Mattos’ dissertation was about utilizing movement in the treatment of adults with depression. Dr. Mattos has worked in private practice since 2011. She completed her doctoral internship through the Mid-Atlantic Internship Consortium where she was placed at the Stafford, Virginia office of Prince William Family Counseling. This is also where Dr. Mattos completed her post-doctoral training. Dr. Mattos has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, both as a psychologist and public school teacher. She also taught ballet to children aged two to six years old. Her undergraduate internship was at Sheppard Pratt psychiatric hospital where she worked with children with emotional disturbances under the supervision of a diagnostic and prescriptive teacher. Her practica experience during graduate school included working with adults with developmental disabilities in group homes, adolescents in a Washington, DC charter school, and adults with chronic pain. She also conducted neuropsychological assessments of children, adolescents, and young adults with concussions at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and psychological evaluations of adults for workers compensation evaluations. In addition to her experience conducting individual, couples, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, Dr. Mattos has experience conducting psychological assessments of children, adolescents, and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Mattos was the director of Social Strides, a weekly social skills group for children and adolescents while at her internship and post-doctoral site.
You completed internship, found a post-doc or job, graduated, and passed the dreaded EPPP.
Congratulations! You can now do what you have spent the past four to seven years preparing for: apply for a license as an independent psychologist. While, yes, this is another step in a long process and it will take away some time and cost you some of that hard earned money, applying for licensure is easy if you are prepared and know what to expect.
1. You are a practicing licensed psychologist, presented with the opportunity of a lifetime across the country.
2. You live on the border between two states and want to expand your practice into another state.
3. You have to move to a different state for your partner’s new job – or you’re just looking for a change of scenery.
Each of these scenarios requires you to obtain a license in a new jurisdiction.
If you read my previous article about becoming licensed, you know that the process is detailed. I was initially licensed in Virginia, two months before learning that I would soon move to South Carolina. Luckily, I was prepared for this; I knew that this would only be the first of many moves.
Wanting to ensure that my license was mobile, I took steps to meet potential training requirements a state may have (like completing a postdoc) and gathering certain information and “banking” it in one place.