I believe that change is an unavoidable part of life and that emotional health is not a static phenomenon. Whether you choose me to help address a momentary question or to modify an ongoing pattern of behavior, I am an open-minded, empathic, hopeful clinician who is fully committed to offering the highest quality of care.

Emilie Scovill, MFT

I am a San Francisco psychotherapist specializing in treating women in both individual therapy and group therapy settings. I work collaboratively with clients to help improve quality of life and reduce suffering. 

Like you, I am multi-dimensional so my training and experience impacts how I approach client care.  

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology form the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA which places emphasis on social and cultural influences and their effects on our experiences and the psychotherapeutic process. My comprehensive clinical training includes outpatient, inpatient hospital, residential treatment, and crisis intervention experience. 

Prior to my career shift to counseling psychology in 2007, I was working in biotechnology.  After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Missouri (Columbia), I worked on the Human Genome Project at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  My background in genomics led me to the Bay Area where I was employed in both large corporate and start-up environments and as an executive manager. During my years within these diverse organizations (in research, project management, product coordination, senior management and executive management positions), I became interested in the challenges women continue to face at work (including academia) and in their personal lives (as daughters, sisters, friends, mothers, partners, community members) with a desire to balance is all. 

With gratitude, in 2007, I took the leap to change my career and follow my true passion to support and to help empower others uncover their voices (including bringing awareness to the unique dilemmas women face), identify their strengths, tap into intuition, and meet their goals. These intentions aim to reduce suffering, improve relationships, and increase quality of life.


Some key factors

  • History working as a therapist with many different populations (including women and adolescents) suffering from a wide range of concerns in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment settings
  • Experience as a former biotechnology executive with well-honed analytic and communication skills and appreciation for complex workplace dynamics 
  • Past successes in leadership planning, developing programs, and managing new initiatives 
  • Direct management and employee relations experience
  • Experience with corporate transitions (including start-up, restructuring, acquisitions, mergers)


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#84864)
  • Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology 
  • Bachelors Degree in Biology 


  • Academia (research on the Human Genome Project)
  • Large corporations (biotech industry)
  • Start-up companies (biotech industry)
  • County of San Francisco (therapist)
  • Non-profit sector (therapist) 


  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • San Francisco California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology