Emma Jane Watson, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW

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Washington State License:  Social Worker Independent Clinical License LW60921300, May 2019

Licensed Master of Social Work, AZ BBHE, October 2015

EMDRIA Certified EMDR Training I:  November 2015

Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement, ASU, May 2015

Certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MUSC, 2014

Certified Rope Course Facilitator, 1996

Area of Focus:

Certified DBT Therapist

Trauma; Personality Disorders; Dissociative Disorders; Depression, Suicidality; Complex Bereavement; Post Traumatic Stress, and Incarceration.

Adept in the following therapy modalities:  DBT, ACT, CBT, EMDR, Brain Switch, Polyvagal, Coherence, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Experiential Learning


Master of Social Work and Certificate in Trauma & Bereavement, May 2015
Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Master’s Degree in Adult Education Administration, June 1995
Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, January 1991
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California

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Professional Background

Emma Jane Watson has been a therapist since 2015.  Ms. Watson embraced a career change after teaching for 15 years at Arizona State University.   Upon completing her MSW, she engaged in a one-year Dialectical Behavioral Therapy residency program treating Borderline Personality Disorder clients. Noticing the deep and lasting impact of trauma, Ms. Watson sought training in various effective modalities to treat the effects of this complex suffering.

Ms. Watson honed her therapy skills in community mental health clinics.  She has experience treating personality disorders, trauma, complex PTSD, dissociative disorders and highly suicidal clients.  She believes in using the power of paradox—countering hate with loving kindness, challenging drama with equanimity, putting the boundaryless within a firm frame, and finding beauty in the wreckage of people’s lives.  She is currently the mental health therapist for the Clallam County Correctional Facility located on the Olympic Peninsula.  Ms. Watson finds renewal in exploring the wide beaches and alpine mountains near her home in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Mental Health Therapist for Clallam County Corrections Facility
  • Adult Outpatient Therapist, LICSW
  • DBT Resident / Behavioral Health Therapist III, LMSW
  • Program Director / Lecturer / Internship Coordinator / Director of Student Enhancement Programs
    ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, W. P. Carey College of Business and University College


  • Most Influential Professor for Student Athletes, ASU Baseball, 2008
  • Polytechnic Campus Outstanding Support of Student Leadership Award, 2006
  • ASU Student Affairs “You Truly Make a Difference” Award, 2004
  • Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young, and Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, Top Ten in the Nation, 1995
  • Port Angeles Soroptimist “Making a Difference for Women” Award, 1994