Greetings! I am a social worker by heart, which means I come bearing a wholistic approach. There are many facets that make each of us individual, which also means struggles can be complex. I am a learner, so I like to hear what has been helpful to you and see if I can meet you in that place and multiply your progress. I believe in the quote from Ross Greene "people do well if they can, and if they aren't, we should figure out why so we can help them." I also subscribe to the notion that our brain is always able to change because of its plasticity, which means we all have hope that we can keep growing!
As for my background, I attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for my undergrad in Social Work and Boise State for my Master's of Social Work. I live in North Idaho and love the outdoors and what nature has to offer.
I also learned this from scuba diving; sometimes I forget to breathe when I'm nervous and I only learned that because I had a fantastic scuba buddy who was watching me closely and challenged me. We all need a great scuba buddy, I would like to walk alongside you in your learning to breathe again and help you find your ongoing natural scuba buddy outside of the professional environment who can continue to support and dive alongside you in all life's adventures!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
ID LCSW 39122
I mistyped my response to the 2nd question (I believe it was 2 anyway). I hit strongly disagree and that is so far from correct it should have been strongly agree!!!
Written on Dec 12, 2022 after therapy with Erica for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Erica respects my values and understands my problems and concerns. Quite possibly the best counselor I've ever had.
Written on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Erica is a great listener and offers feedback that makes sense. She asks thought provoking questions and is respectful in her responses to my answers.
I have really enjoyed our sessions and the opportunity to send her messages when I need to discuss a topic that doesn't warrant a whole session.
I'm glad we were paired with each other!
Written on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
She is a great listener and really makes you feel supported, I would highly recommend her to anyone particularly with relational issues that need to be processed.
Written on Jan 17, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
Erica is very receptive to my needs and therapy goals. She is willing to meet me where I am at and receptive to changes when something is not working for me. I look forward to our weekly sessions knowing that at the end of each one, I have made progress, and that Erica will give me something to work for the next week.
Written on Nov 19, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes