About Emily Berner, MFT

Emily Berner, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT81533) and partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Emily specializes in treating anxiety disorders and behavioral concerns in children, adolescents, and adults, and she believes in clinical practice that is client-centered, effective, and empirically supported. Emily enjoys treating children as young as five years old, adolescents, and adults with depression and anxiety disorders including OCD, social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias. She also treats skin picking, hair pulling, problems with attention and concentration, and challenging behaviors in young children, working with families to resolve behavioral challenges while strengthening and improving the quality of their relationships. To schedule an appointment, call 510.652.4455 ext. 5. To learn more about Emily, visit her profile here.
30 09, 2017

Addressing Family Accommodation in the Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety and OCD

By | September 30th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

As a clinician specializing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD, I am very fortunate to have access to so many effective interventions designed to treat the children suffering from these disorders. However, as anyone who works with this population knows, addressing the child’s symptoms is only half the battle.

12 06, 2017

Harnessing Your Attention: A Powerful Tool in Your Parenting Toolkit

By | June 12th, 2017|Kid Korner|

It’s no secret that kids crave attention—in fact, parents’ attention can be the most powerful reinforcement a child can receive. And that goes for positive as well as negative attention—whether you’re complimenting your child or yelling at him. Therefore, it’s important to know how to use your attention wisely.

5 12, 2016

Doing it Backwards: Why Addressing Misbehavior Starts with Positive Reinforcement, Not Punishment

By | December 5th, 2016|Kid Korner|

Part 1 in a series on effectively managing challenging behavior in children

Most children have their fair share of behavioral challenges, but for some, these can be especially intense, leaving the whole family exasperated. Difficult behaviors like backtalk, incessant arguing, attention-seeking, lying, and even swearing, hitting, and outright defiance can be incredibly stressful for […]