Welcome! It takes a lot of courage and strength to seek therapy , you should feel proud of yourself for taking the first step in reaching out. My name is Erica Holtz, M.A., LMFT and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. I also have a Certificate in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment from Widener University. I graduated from La Salle University in 2007 after a year long internship at a family therapy agency in Philadelphia, where I continue to assist in training other therapists and interns. I also am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, which means the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy required me to do an extensive training program to be able to supervise therapists who want to be licensed to practice marriage and family therapy.
My therapeutic approach is based in Systems Theory, which is the basis for couples and family therapy. Systems theory differs from purely individual therapy models in that all affected parties are included in therapy, whether they are present in the sessions or not. This means there is a focus on the family relationships you had as a child and how they have affected current relationship issues. It focuses on patterns of behavior between people, and what is happening between people that maintains the problems. The first choice is to Include all parties affected in the problem (s) because it helps enhance the quality of relationships and create positive lasting changes often at a more rapid pace. However, I have done systemic work with individuals with great progress.
My goal is to help individuals, families and couples who are struggling with painful emotions, distressing relationship problems and who feel “stuck”, confused or frustrated with their current life situation. I specialize in couples therapy, working with various types of families and working with individuals with trauma histories. I also work well with families who have a member with Autism. My therapeutic style is adaptable as well as empathetic . I often use humor and authenticity in my approach with clients, which allows the therapeutic relationship to grow and evolve by creating emotional safety from a "real" person. I have also been a client before, so I know what it is like to enter the therapy room feeling anxious, unsure, and vulnerable.
I look forward to working with you and creating lasting change and growth!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
PA LMFT MF000609
She has helped me through a lot and has been the one person to help me make sense of problems I have. I greatly appreciated her.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Erica for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Written on Apr 22, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
At first I was sceptical about an online therapist but I can honestly say this is the best thing I've ever done. I've tried counselling before but never "clicked" with anyone. Erika is understanding and honest and has a good sense of humour that enables me to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I would highly recommend this service.
Written on Nov 17, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Erica is fantastic. She is understanding, compassionate, and straight forward. With her I feel a real human connection that I haven’t had with other counselors. Erica is a treasure to work with.
Written on Aug 01, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Erica has been a great help to me during our sessions. She is extremely easy to talk to and I would recommend her services to individuals and couples.
Written on Jun 26, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Erica is very patient under challenging sessions. She hears what needs to be heard and cuts through the garbage. I rely on her for a reality check.
Written on Apr 26, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coaching, and adhd