Emma Rouda

Associate Clinical Social Worker


About Emma

I'm passionate about focusing on experiences that are rarely talked about. I have extensive experience working with issues of sexual health, intimate partner abuse, and sexual assault and now I am honored to be working with people as they encounter immense transformation and change related to expanding their family. 


Going through fertility challenges, pregnancy, birth, trauma, loss, and parenting are all wildly transformative experiences - they impact our identity and how we experience our life and relationships. Beyond the joy, love and connection that people commonly talk about, the process of becoming a parent may also include loss, isolation, and overwhelm. I often work with people who are struggling with sleep, guilt, panic, self-doubt, and unwanted thoughts. Whether you are going through anxiety and depression, or you’re just feeling “off”, you are in the right place to receive gentle, positive support.

I strive to create a caring, empowering environment where you can speak openly about what your day-to-day is truly like and also find healing, self-compassion, and tangible relief. In our work together, you will get to know yourself better and strengthen your capacity for experiencing strong emotions, asking for support, and offering yourself genuine nurturing. I use authenticity, humor, active listening, narrative therapy, and Internal Family Systems as tools in our work together.

I am a queer, intersectional feminist and lifelong learner. I love chocolate, trees, music and supporting people to transform their shame into self-acceptance. 

Masters of Social Welfare – UC Berkeley

Masters of Public Health – UC Berkeley 

Bachelors of Arts, Feminist Studies – UC Santa Cruz


Associate Clinical Social Worker #94548; Supervised by Jamie Van Zanen, LCSW #61669

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