Emily Adams


Emily Adams


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 113891
Secondary Credential: Certified Massage Therapist - 39175
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $180 Per Session. I reserve a number of spots for sliding scale services. In order to prioritize those in need, I ask that clients consider their privilege when requesting a reduced fee. Inquiries are welcome.
Free Initial Consultation


Berkeley, California 94705

My Approach to Helping

I prioritize creating a safe, non judgmental space for you to explore your inner world with compassion rather than criticism. I specialize in helping people create healthy boundaries, move through grief, and quiet the inner critic. Self-compassion and acceptance can be powerful tools to melt shame and work through loss, but they can be difficult to access alone. We will work collaboratively to explore issues at a pace that feels good for you. We'll generally deepen into what comes up organically in the room. You don't know where you're going because we can work together to figure that out.

Supported by a background in Bodywork and training in the Arts I draw on many modalities to inform my work. My approach is mindfulness based and grounded in somatic, psychodynamic, and transpersonal theories.

More Info About My Practice

I offer sessions on a weekly basis (or more if desired) for individual adults struggling with overwhelm. I have experience with, and am excited about working with BIPOC & LGBTQIA populations.

The therapeutic relationship is important to the work so finding a therapist that is a good fit is crucial. I am here to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to follow your gut when choosing a therapist.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Quieting the Inner Critic: So many of us are raised to strive for perfection, productivity, and success as defined by society's standards. You may have been encouraged to track your progress and critique your performance along the way. While constructive criticism may work for some, others find it can take over and create a spiral of shame and stuck-ness. If you find yourself ruminating in self-criticism, shame, or doubt it may be time to consider a different, more gentle form of self-motivation.

Creating Healthy Boundaries: Boundaries can be physical, emotional, and energetic. Some of us are more porous than others and this can end up creating feelings of overwhelm, fatigue, confusion, anger, and guilt. Distinguishing our selves from the world around us can be hard. Saying no can be hard. If you find yourself feeling taken advantage of, feeling drained, unsupported or harboring resentments, it may be useful to explore your relationship to boundaries.

Moving Through Grief: Any kind of loss can cause grief, and even a seemingly insignificant loss can cause unprocessed grief to resurface. Whether someone close to you has died, or you have lost a relationship, a job, or a part of yourself, having the space to work through the complex emotions that arise is important.

Addressing Overwhelm: Overwhelm comes in many forms and is often a combination of lifestyle choices and nervous system functioning. I enjoy supporting clients in connecting with their nervous systems and understanding what rest and replenishment looks like based on each individual's needs.

Ancestral Work: We are informed by our personal history as well as the lived experiences of our ancestors. Whether it's about unpacking privilege, or healing from generations of oppression, or both, I am here to help clients connect with their ancestral wisdom so whatever healing wants to happen in this lifetime has space to do so.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Love

Types of Therapy

  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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