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My name is Erica Patton Simpson and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in brain-based treatments and trauma resolution in Kentucky, where I provide timely assistance to individuals and couples facing events that cause a disruption in healthy functioning. I am so glad you are here with me and I look forward to walking this journey with you.
I have known since I was very young that I had a desire to help others. I suffered trauma growing up and spent much of the last 25 years focusing on the casualty of the symptoms experienced as opposed to just the symptoms themselves, which may include anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, lack of focus, relational issues, and overall poor or below level functioning. I found by learning even more about the ways in which trauma affects you neurologically, mentally, emotionally and physically, it became even more important for me to give back the knowledge I had gained to help others.
I am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is an innovative treatment in brain-based therapy used for trauma resolution and performance enhancement, which involves brain disregulation including anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, PTSD and emotional trauma disturbances.
Since launching my career more than 20 years ago, I have earned a reputation for possessing a proven ability to enter traumatic scenarios and defuse them quickly and discreetly.
My personal therapeutic approach is to return my clients to optimal functioning by quickly minimizing psychological stress, reducing emotional barriers, addressing unresolved trauma, identifying unhealthy influences, and ultimately helping to develop the skills needed to live your life without the stressors you currently face - all within the therapeutic process.
As an expert in trauma and human systems, I can work in short, intensive sessions to prevent and manage crises or in a less intensive treatment modality as you journey through your recovery to optimal health. As a result, together we can create lives filled with purpose and joy as highly functional individuals and couples.
25yrs in practice
Additional areas of focus:Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Erica Patton Simpson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Erica was fantastic - she has helped me deal with some major changes in my life as well as past traumas, and now I feel much more relaxed and able to deal with the stresses of everyday life!
Written on Jun 23, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management
I have only had 2 sessions and I feel that this has been the most rewarding of all of my experiences with any therapist. I value Better Help and Erica.
Written on May 15, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
Erica has been such a great help to me! In just a few sessions she has already helped me get to a better mindset!
Written on May 13, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem
My counselor is truly amazing. I had no idea I could have this kind of authentic connection with a therapist but she has proven that to be inaccurate-Erica is truly one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever known.
Written on May 10, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse
I am thrilled to be working with Erica. This is my first time seeking help and I am 58 years old. It has been an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate to have Erica on this journey with me. Thanks Erica!
Written on May 02, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning lgbt
Erica is amazing. She listens, gives advice, and genuinely cares about her patients. I am so glad that we were matched. Thank you Erica for everything!
Written on Apr 26, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I have really enjoyed my sessions with Erica. I always feel better afterwards, and feel that she is truly listening, supportive, and offering applicable tips. I am super glad BetterHelp paired me with her, and would recommend her highly.
Written on Apr 16, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 1 week on issues concerning trauma and abuse
Shes the bomb.
Written on Apr 13, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management
Erica is amazing! Every should be luck enough to work with such a competent and empathetic person who knows her stuff!
Written on Apr 01, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
In the short time I have used Betterhelp Erica has been a guiding light in my journey to become a better person. I came initially to discuss some relationship matters & anger management as well as some more delicate personal matters And with Ericas support & encouragement has really enabled me to understand myself better, personal triggers that I was previously blissfully unaware of. I feel overall better equipped to handle my own anger & this has in turn enabled me to build a stronger more valuable relationship with my wife & family.
Written on Mar 13, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
This app did an amazing job connecting me with my counselor! Erica has helped me see my situation from a new perspective and has given me valuable tools and techniques to manage my daily stresses. In my previous therapy experiences it has taken months for my counselor and I to connect and to feel understood. This is NOT the case with Erica. She has guided our conversations and asked all of the right questions to get to know me very quickly and efficiently so we can jump right in. I feel supported and safe being 100% honest with her. Our sessions are a ZERO JUDGMENT zone! Her style is a great balance of professionalism, positivity, spirituality, career coaching, compassion, and encouragement.
Written on Mar 04, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 days on issues concerning trauma and abuse
In the short 2 weeks that I've had Erica as my counselor, I feel like we are a good match. She has great insight in trauma, and she understands how my brain works when I experience anxiety/panic. I have a long way to go, but I am sure that with Erica as my counselor, my road will be less hard and with more insights along the way.
Written on Feb 26, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
Erica is absolutely a great fit for me and a tremendous counselor all around!
Written on Feb 18, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd
I have only been with Erica for a short while, but already I feel like she truly understands my issues. The things she says make a lot of sense to me and I get the impression she truly cares. When I started counseling on this site I swapped counsellors several times as I couldn't find a good fit. Erica checks in often and also replies to me very quickly. Her expertise in trauma are evident and the information she sends is really helpful to me.
Written on Feb 15, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She is absolutely amazing. I don't think you can find anyone more dedicated to helping people than Erica.
Written on Feb 12, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
I like her. She has style that fits with me. She has been a huge help already. She really cares about me and my problems. It has been a long time when someone has listened to me. To really listened.
Written on Feb 07, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem
Erica is always checking up on me and giving me advice. She surely has the experience and commitment with every case she has and it shows everytime we talk. I feel the confidence to tell her everything and she surely will understand and help. I thank her for having a person to be there for me, checking up on me and help me try to get better. I thank her a lot. She’s great
Written on Feb 04, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I just started working with Ms. Erica, and I have to say that it feels like she was sent to me from a place where only good things happen.
She is incredibly kind, she's present (in a way that doesn't seem false or contrived), she's eager to be with me every day (I'm not kidding, I mean her response time is phenomenal) and she just seems like the sort of person that's doing this for the people she's helping, not for money or anything else. She feels so genuinely invested in me, that sometimes I wonder if this is a dream, that I'll wake up from soon.
Ms. Erica, I know we haven't been together long, but I can already feel the benefits of your care, and constant support, and because of that, I feel confident that there's hope for me...and that's something I've never felt before. Thank you...no really THANK YOU so much.
Written on Feb 02, 2020 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
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