Dr. Emily Eckstein, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, completed her graduate and doctorate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in San Diego. There she focused her research on the role of society and community on relational dynamics and mental health. An East Coast native, Emily began her education in Maryland, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and art. After moving to San Diego, she earned a master’s in marriage and family therapy, going on to complete a doctorate in psychology.
Specializing in working with adults with severe mood and thought disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders, Dr. Eckstein has had diverse clinical experience. Her professional background includes both administrative and clinical practice as the residential program manager of a long-term, co-occurring treatment facility in Southern California. Additionally, Dr. Eckstein has extensive experience working in various settings, including the juvenile justice system and community based acute residential facilities. In both her residential and private practice work, she has a passion for clinical competency in therapeutic practice with members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Eckstein is an adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University, where she has taught both diversity classes as well as psychopharmacology.
Dr. Eckstein brings with her an emphasis on the role of reparative experience in the recovery process. She believes deeply in the importance of integrity, compassion and connection when working with clients. Seeing community and service as essential components of recovery, she also recognizes the value of a life lived intentionally and has a personal focus on mind/body/spirit balance. In her free time, Dr. Eckstein enjoys art, international travel, hiking and spending time with her family and multiple pets.