Emily Cobbey, LCSW

Pronouns: She/her/her

Phonetic pronunciation of name: "EM-UH-LEE"

Role at Evergreen: Clinician

I believe in the intrinsic strength of all people. Healing is a natural part of human existence, and it is also a difficult, and at times painful, process. Similar to healing any other injury or wound, it requires care, attention and usually some help. I am here to help you increase your understanding of yourself, while also considering who you are within the context of your family, community, and larger culture; to know how past experiences are impacting the present; and to leave behind the tools that no longer serve you so that you can integrate new practices that are more aligned with where you want to go and how you want to feel. I also know that our world/society/culture does not allow access to the same supports and resources for all people, and that acknowledging systemic barriers and individual biases is essential to making change. I have a deep and ever growing awareness of my own positionally, and believe that it is important to acknowledge both similarities and differences to enhance the therapeutic process.

Clinical modalities used with clients

Therapy services location

Hybrid. Offering both in-person sessions in our Berkeley offices and remote telehealth sessions for clients all over California.

Clinical Style

Warm, strength-based, unconditional positive regard, and experiential.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker #100588


Lewis & Clark College | Bachelor of Arts | 2008

University of Michigan | School of Social Work | 2015

Advanced Trainings

IFS Training Series - Carmen Jimenez-Pride - April 2022
TF-CBT Training - Alicia's Place - May 2021
Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute - EMDR Basic Training - June 2020
Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing - SE Training Institute - October 2019
Multidimensional Family Therapy Certification - MDFT International - December 2018

Why I do this work

I grew up in a town of 200 people in rural northern Nevada, where access to most forms of support--social, educational, mental health, financial--was limited, if existent at all. I have a deep commitment to providing the support that was so often inaccessible to me in my early life. I have spent the last 7 years focusing on providing family therapy to teens and their parents/caregivers throughout the Bay Area, many of whom, for systemic reasons, have minimal access to the supports they need and deserve. Throughout all of my personal and professional experiences, I maintain my belief that we live in an increasingly complicated and challenging world. I'm here to remind you that you are not crazy; but this world sometimes is. We are all just doing our best to survive it in the ways available to us (and to hopefully have some fun along the way).

The best part of my job

For me, the best part of this work is witnessing people finally experiencing relief. In family work, I am always humbled to see family members harness their inner strength to both share and receive truths, and to express and receive love in new ways.

How I spend my free time

Hiking with most committed companion (my dog Pancho), going on adventures with my niece and nephews, watching horror movies, and pretending I know what I'm doing in my garden.

Favorite quote

“Let us love this distance which is wholly woven of friendship, for those who do not love each other, are not separated.” Simone Weil

Top personal growth resources

  • Trauma Stewardship by Connie Burk and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris
  • The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation by Deb Dana
  • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

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