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  • Emma Stern

    Emma uses she/her pronouns. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor at IMT and welcomes the opportunity to work with clients from different backgrounds. She seeks to maintain humility and sensitivity in work with clients who hold different identities such as race, gender, sexual orientations, culture, age, socioeconomic status, and ability status.

    Emma has a MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration on Somatics from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Spanish and International Affairs from the University of Colorado. In addition to her work in mental health, Emma is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) and approaches yoga from a trauma-informed lens.

    Emma works from a somatic and mindfulness-based perspective and integrates traditional talk therapy with body-based inquiry, meditation, yoga, and other movement modalities. Much of our subconscious emotional experience manifests as physical tension and holding patterns, so Emma believes that through deeper awareness of the what we are feeling in our bodies, we can find tools to manage physical experiences, and ultimately, our cognitive understanding of emotional distress. Emma understands that the body can be a source of trauma and oppression, so her work around the body is trauma-informed, and at the pace that feels right for the client. Therapy and somatic work do not make life’s challenges go away, but Emma wholeheartedly believes that through developing a connection between our bodies and minds, we find manageable ways to be with challenge and eventually heal, grow, and morph our pain into wisdom and compassion illuminating a path for a more authentic and nourishing life. Emma will meet clients with warmth and encouragement as they embark upon the brave journey of self-inquiry.  

    Emma’s work is collaborative, client-centered, relational and influenced by parts work and liberation psychology. She works with individuals, couples, teens, children, and therapeutic movement groups. Her areas of interests include working with trauma (relational, shock, ancestral, and vicarious); healing from attachment wounds; recovery; grief; anxiety; radical self-love and acceptance; and finding paths to vitality, joy, and ritual in everyday life. Coming from a blended family that is White, Black, Latinx, and Jewish, Emma is also passionate about helping individuals and families navigate identify dynamics in nontraditional family systems.

    Phone: (510) 730-1789

    Email: [email protected]

    AMFT #258972 │ APCC #8106

    Emma is supervised by Sorrenta Stuart LMFT #47901 California.