Emma Leighton, LMFT

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Phonetic pronunciation of name: “EHM-UH”

Role at Evergreen: Clinician

As a therapist, I’m here to provide you with a safe contained space where you can explore your vulnerable emotions and feelings while connecting with your truest self. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to build confidence and clarity within your own abilities and desires. I believe you are the expert in your own life and we all have the potential to change and grow. I feel privileged to be able to help support and empower you to strive toward your goals. 

Emma L | Evergreen Counseling

Clinical issues/specialties

Populations served

  • Adolescents (13-19)
  • Adults (20+)
  • Couples
  • Families

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

Compassionate, client-centered, warm, and non-judgmental.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #146608


Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York | BS in International Fashion Merchandising Management | 2010

Palo Alto University | Masters in Counseling Psychology | 2020

Why I do this work

Originally, I am from London, and I have lived in Europe as well as Asia, I have always appreciated humanity and marveled at the global struggles that connect us all. Since my previous work was in the fashion industry, my path is untraditional, yet I have always valued building meaningful relationships and connections with others. I am struck by how we are all more alike than different. I have felt the benefits and depth of this work with my own personal therapy journey. The idea we get to choose how we live each day and can continue to grow excites me, and I'm thrilled to share that encouragement and support with you.

The best part of my job

The best part of my job is witnessing clients' resiliency and seeing the growth in their ability to trust themselves. I am inspired by everyone's unique journeys and feel grateful to be a part of their transformations no matter how big or small. I love seeing shifts in awareness and realizations that happen inside or outside of the sessions. I am moved by clients tuning in and connecting with their inner wisdom.

How I spend my free time

Salsa dancing, yoga, getting a massage, and traveling.

Favorite quote

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

Top personal growth resources

  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D.
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW LICSW SEP

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