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Established 2004


Emma Burrows, MA

Emma is an Expressive Arts Therapist who received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. With over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, youth with special needs, and young adults in therapeutic, educational, and recreational settings, Emma brings a creative, strengths-based, and person-centered approach to her work with students that incorporates aspects of yoga, mindfulness, nature-based expressive arts therapy, and depth-oriented sandplay therapy.

Prior to joining the Pacific Quest team, Emma worked as a therapist in a small alternative high school in the Bay Area where she engaged youth and their families in individual, group, and family therapy to help them overcome emotional and behavioral challenges to life and learning. In 2019, Emma co-presented at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference on the integration of Ecopsychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Emma’s personal experience with the healing and transformational power of nature and her interest in working with youth in a holistic therapeutic setting ultimately called her to Pacific Quest. Drawing upon her experience working in the field as a Resident Supervisor, Emma brings her creative, caring, and integrative approach to her role on the clinical team. As Field Therapist in the adolescent program, Emma is on the farm at least four days per week helping students build sustainable life skills, ensuring treatment plan follow-through, and working closely with the guide team and therapists on intervention design. Emma also plays an active role in conducting clinical activities with students and families during Family Program.

In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her partner, practicing and teaching yoga, making art, cooking nourishing food, and spending time with animals.