Meet Megan Khalil, Psychology Faculty – Northern Virginia Campus
Megan earned her MS in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University in 2012. In addition to her teaching duties, she works in private practice as a licensed mental health counselor.
Prior to her current roles, Megan counseled inmates at the Patuxent Institution, a maximum security prison in Jessup, Maryland. Counseling consisted of both individual and group therapy, similar to an inpatient mental health unit, but in a prison setting.
Over the next several years, Megan worked in outpatient mental health therapy with both adults and children. Her primary focus was trauma with a particular emphasis on children who had suffered physical and sexual abuse. She eventually moved on to serve at the Chrysalis House Inpatient Substance Abuse and Treatment Center where she provided group and individual therapy, and advocated in court for women to remain in treatment versus being placed in jail. She also advocated for her clients to gain custody of their children while residing at the treatment center.
In March, Megan received an esteemed Governor’s Citation from the State of Maryland recognizing her compassion, skill, and leadership as a senior behavioral health counselor at the Chrysalis House. As busy as she is, Megan maintains her work/life balance by running with her husband, Ovais, (currently an ECPI University nursing student) and their dog, Ginny. They also enjoy experimenting with home brews.
The third of four children, Megan says she grew up as a “quiet listener who wanted to be a peacemaker.” She has always enjoyed helping people and finds teaching as just another avenue for helping others. She especially enjoys the diversity of students at ECPI University. “Because of the diverse backgrounds, they bring a lot to the table,” she says. Whether in the form of counselor, therapist or teacher, Megan fulfills her passion and the memorable advice from her father: “Do something you enjoy!”