Emily Howard, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #88162
My own experience with depression and anxiety led me to this work, and for that I am grateful. Psychotherapy has given me the opportunity to examine the story I have been telling as my own from new and different perspectives. I have had the opportunity to sit with uncomfortable feelings and have learned ways to keep cool as they moved through and beyond me.
As part of my personal adventure, therapy has been a space to experience an affirming and non-judgmental witnessing, a safe space to practice being myself. It is by no means easy. It’s quite grueling actually. However, the reward has been a growing ability to live my life with a presence, awareness and acceptance of my experience without depression and anxiety hijacking my contact with this weird and beautiful world.
In my role as therapist, my goal is to co-create a safe and non-judgmental space for your story to unfold, with you more and more becoming the author. Whether you are navigating through a personal crisis or find that relating to life in an ever-changing world is a source of anxiety or depression, we can explore ways to find a balance that feels realistic and sustainable. Together, we can build these skills and the confidence to face life's challenges with clarity and confidence.
My vision of therapy is one of a collaborative process, where we work within a flexible framework unique to each client’s personality, challenges and needs. Most of our work begins with exploration, often in the form of conversation. However I also draw from a variety of other expressive arts such as creative writing, music, movement, and always humor. I also tap into prior experience from my background in nutrition and wellness coaching, as well as my ongoing career as a hairstylist.
I am deeply committed to working with clients who are struggling with feelings of ‘otherness’. My heart's passion and particular specialization is in working with women in dialogue about body image. In particular, working with women living with issues concerning Alopecia and other medically related hair loss. This is something dear to my heart, as I believe my own experience with alopecia has been essential in my quest for self-acceptance and inner strength.
I work with both individuals, including adults and adolescents, and lead support groups to help clients’ learn to accept and embrace who they are, and tap into the well of strength and resilience they already possess.
Everyone has a different reason for coming to therapy. My hope is for you to come as you are. Together we can sit with:
- Life transitions
- Career challenges
- Relationship concerns
- Coming out
- A harsh inner critic and issues of self-esteem
- Body Image
- Feelings of ‘Otherness’
- Visible and Invisible Disability
- And many of the other trials, tribulations, challenges and joys of our shared humanity.
870 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94102
- Individual Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
My full fee for individual sessions is $150, however, I reserve a few spaces for those experiencing financial hardship or those in need of a sliding scale.
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