Emily Howard


Emily Howard


Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.


San Francisco, California 94102

My Approach to Helping

***Due to the Shelter In Place ordinance in the San Francisco Bay Area I have increased my availability to include ONLINE, VIDEO, and PHONE sessions. Please reach out and Let's see if I can be of support to you during these weird and unexpected times!***

Hi, I'm Emily, and I think showing up for therapy every week is courageous.

My approach to counseling and psychotherapy is collaborative, and my goal is to co-create an environment that feels comfortable for us to explore ways to bring more ease to your day to day life. I am a part guide and part non-judgmental witness.

I work within a flexible framework unique to each client, but most often work from a Depth Psychology, Internal Family Systems, and Relational Therapy orientation. My belief is that emotional well being depends on our connection with others. All healing happens in a relationship because all wounding happens in a relationship.

More Info About My Practice

My fees for 50 minute individual sessions are $180, and I offer extended sessions with couples and families of all configurations. I offer sliding scale appointments for clients experiencing financial hardship when available.

I also run support groups for women with body image concerns, specifically related to (but not limited to) medically related hair loss, such as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, PCOS, and trichotillomania.

My Therapy Focus

Although I work within a collaborative and flexible framework, I am an Internal Family Systems enthusiast. What does this mean, exactly? Internal Family Systems is an evidence based modality of psychotherapy that acknowledges *all* the various parts of you. The parts you are fully aware of, and the parts that hang out on an unconscious level. The parts of you that you are proud of, and the parts of you that want to remain hidden. Although it was born from Dr. Richard Schwartz' experience as a family therapist, IFS actually explores the inner "family" or "parts" of the *individual* that are sometimes in conflict. I usually give my clients homework early on to watch the Pixar film, Inside Out, to illustrate the concept.

We can nerd out on IFS, or we can explore different approaches that feel like a more comfortable fit. My psychotherapy training is broad and eclectic. My commitment to figuring out the hard stuff with my clients comes in all shapes and sizes.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with a diverse range of clients and have a particular affinity for working with humans that are new to therapy.

    I work with women with trichotillomania and medically related hair loss including alopecia, androgenetic alopecia, PCOS, and auto-immune related body image concerns.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Creative Blocks
  • Forgiveness
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Trichotillomania
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
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