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Emily Bonelli-Padow, LCSW

A Space for Growth

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Pragmatic, empathetic and compassionate support for individuals, parents, couples and groups.

I offer mindfulness based, trauma informed therapy with an emphasis on how our early and past relationships inform us in the present. I have extensive training in improving parent/child relationships, stress reduction, co-parenting, life transitions, and the impact of trauma including sexual abuse and assault.

The theories and methods I utilize:


  • Mindfulness Practices

  • Attachment Theory

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Systems Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Feminist Theory

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

  • Psychoeducation on child development

  • Psychoeducation on how trauma impacts the body 

Parents: I offer parent consultations from womb through the teenage years.  Each age can provides different sets of challenges!  We'll talk about what is happening developmentally for your child and together come up with ways to support your kids, while finding ways to take care of yourself.  

Groups: I am offering a mindfulness based group for moms with children 0-5 years old. Parenting young children is really hard. This is a space for support, to process the incredible transformations (for you and your children) that occur in these early years of our children's lives. Motherhood is not meant to happen in isolation. Please call to discuss if this group is a good fit for you.  Babies in arms are welcome.

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A Bit About Me

Looking for a therapist can be anxiety provoking and challenging.  For almost two decades, I’ve worked with children and adults in various stages of their lives from those suffering from acute issues to those just feeling stuck and seeking a gentle nudge.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Temple University and a Master’s in Social Work from California State University East Bay. I’ve worked in various nonprofit organizations, including supporting chronically homeless, a rape crisis center, and a family support center in San Francisco.  My sociology background grounds me in looking at how social forces shape us; my therapy practice creates a safe and comfortable place to untangle these internalized messages. We'll work together to figure out new tools to break patterns that no longer serve you that can create stress, anxiety and body discomfort and pain.

I believe having a space to explore our stories can help us better understand ourselves which leads to feeling more grounded and whole.  This kind of reflection can translate into staying calm while our child is having a mega meltdown or better dealing with a difficult coworker or romantic partner.  I believe we can transform our past and current painful experiences into opportunities for growth.

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Serving clients virtually in California
Based in San Francisco


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