Emily Turner

Welcome I’m so glad you’re here! I know how daunting it can be to find the right therapist in a sea of names, faces, and specialties. This is a vulnerable and personal journey you’re embarking on. Whether you’re doing therapy for the first time, returning to it at a new life chapter, or haven’t found the right fit, your decision to seek support shows strength, resilience, and wisdom. Part of my work is to help you recognize these strengths within yourself and fulfill all that you are capable of.

I specialize in helping couples rebuild intimacy, closeness and connection. I also help individuals coping with anxiety, anger and grief learn how to regain control of their life and feel calm, peaceful and centered. I enjoy working with kids and teens too!

-Emily Turner, AMFT


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, one of the only COAMFTE-accredited (highest level of MFT accreditation in the US) training programs in California
Emily Turner, MA, AMFT


Before becoming a therapist, I worked as a recruiter and talent leader in San Francisco and Atlanta and was responsible for building and leading teams at hyper-scaling tech companies. My work was varied, but my favorite responsibility was coaching individuals through major life transitions and goal achievement. While many of my recruiting counterparts were focused on filling open headcount or the hiring goal, my focus very naturally shifted to the people I worked with and their stories. 

In my second professional life, I am a registered associate Marriage and Family Therapist #140686 under the supervision of Sean Davis, Ph.D., LMFT #45885. The transition was a natural one, given it offered an opportunity to explore what I love most. The opportunity to see people for their authentic selves and sit alongside them during life’s challenging twists and turns is such a great honor and one I’m incredibly grateful for.

I have practiced therapy in medical settings, working with clients aged 8 to 85, including varied gender identities, sexualities, and ethnicities. 

I’ve also regularly worked with individuals trying therapy for the first time who were referred to me by their primary care doctor. I’m passionate about working with individuals who are new to therapy; I offer compassion to clients who feel skepticism or resistance when testing the waters of therapy. However, if it’s not your first time, that’s OK, too — we can continue building on your previous work!

If you feel motivated to improve your life, I’m here to advocate for you in the therapy room, encouraging you through the obstacles that arise or the uncertainty you may feel in the process. I’m committed to my clients’ growth and doing what’s best for them, and I strive to always bring engagement and genuine care to my client-centered approach. 

Clinical Specialties

  • Anxiety and other challenges linked to anxiety, such as perfectionism, people-pleasing, and avoidance
  • Helping couples rebuild intimacy, closeness, and connection 
  • Grief & loss
  • Relationship and family distress
  • Adjusting to change and difficult life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Child, adolescent, and young adult therapy

My approach to therapy is personalized to you because your experiences are solely your own. Accordingly, I use an individual-centered, goal-oriented approach. At times, I emphasize validation, providing a supportive space for your experiences. When appropriate, I adopt a more active and collaborative role, engaging in problem-solving, redirecting, and breaking things down. My primary goal is to empower you as an expert in your own life. Clients often appreciate my authentic and genuine style, which they find distinct from other therapists. Therapy can be challenging, and for it to be most effective, it requires you to open up, bring your whole self, and trust the process and your therapist. That’s why I strive to do the same, creating a safe and empathetic space for you to explore and grow.

Throughout our time together, I’ll help you discover how your past relationships and family history shape your present and then help you use that insight to determine how you want to reshape your future. Together, we’ll uncover moments where you’ve acted on “autopilot” or overlooked your feelings and needs, with the goal of reconnecting to your most authentic self. 

Given you know yourself best, I’ll consistently look to you for feedback to build trust as we navigate this journey together. I’ll support you in uncovering the insights you seek, whether it’s understanding your experiences (the “why”) or discovering practical strategies (the “how”) for change. My flexible approach incorporates techniques and skills personalized to support your specific life goals. If you’re dedicated to improving your future by better understanding and appreciating your past, I’m here to support you in connecting those dots. If you’re looking to identify new opportunities to do things differently in the future, I’m here to help guide you towards feeling “unstuck” — however works best for you.


Australia-born, British-bred, and US-raised. I grew up in Southern California, but my British roots are very near and dear to my heart (minus the cold weather…definitely need some sunshine in my life). Sushi rolls, soulful chats with friends over wine, summer storms, solo concerts on the drive to work, when the trees bloom, a perfectly curated workout playlist, puppy kisses, little acts of kindness, self-care massages, and a hug from your person —  these are a few of my favorite things.

My fiancé and I recently relocated to Sacramento, where you can find us playing with our golden retriever fur baby, Whisky; exploring local farm-to-table food spots; enjoying board game nights; perfecting our fantasy football teams (my guilty pleasure); and spending quality time with those we love most. Also, like the rest of the United States, we have recently picked up pickleball and look forward to joining a local league. 


(Call or Text – ask for Emily)

Availability & Rates

Monday – Thursday, 9-7
$190 per 50 minute session
Limited number of lower rates available – call for availability


Please complete the online intake paperwork before your first session. It takes a while to complete – plan on about 30 minutes – but having this information prior to your arrival helps me make the most of our time together. If the person seeking treatment is a child or adolescent, please fill out the “child/adolescent” paperwork; otherwise please complete the “adult” paperwork. Lastly, only complete the “Release of Information” if requested once we begin meeting. I will provide you with the password.