I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. I have been counseling using Relational Cultural Theory which looks at how your background (culture, family, etc.) effects the way you move through the world. You are the expert on your world, but at times it is hard to focus and find the expertise you have in solving your problems, so as your therapist, I am there to act as a guide to help you find the solution you already have inside you. I am holistic in my practice, so I incorporate both Western psychotherapy practices and Eastern holistic healing such as mindfulness, reiki, and crystal work. I have primarily worked with sexual trauma survivors throughout my career, but also those who have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and other mood disorders. I identify as a Black woman, part of the LGBTQ+ community, and would love to work with other members of those communities as you process those unique issue. I look forward to working with you and guiding you along your journey to a healthier you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IN LMHC 39004205A
IL LCPC 180013175
I started working with Erica during a really intense period of my life and I’m so grateful for her support. During our time, I never felt judged but fully supported and sometimes challenged to see and do things differently. She’s kind, direct, and knowledgeable. I felt like I was in really good hands.
Written on Jul 24, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Erica is the first therapist I have had that I actually connect with. She listens to my concerns but does not patronize me or tell me what I should do. She offers an array of healing techniques so that we can work through my trauma in new ways, and she supports me through those exercises.
Written on Jul 14, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Erika is thoughtful and helpful. She is a true godsend.
Written on Jun 01, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks
Erica is brilliant with her job. She is very professional as well. I like how i am given some time and answering her questions makes me reflect everything that’s going on, helping me figure out what’s really going on. I’d totally recommend her!
Written on Apr 28, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
I am so happy I was matched with Erica Washington! I would highly recommend her to anyone. She listens intently and is able to parse through concerns quickly. She understands the deeper motivations behind feelings and is able to efficiently guide conversation with the perfect questions to help me analyze my situation and make the decisions I need to in order to move forward. She is encouraging but also realistic. She has shared multiple resources that have been of great use to me. Erica creates a safe space in every discussion format. In just a couple weeks, I have made greater strides with her than I was able to make across multiple years with other counselors. I will always be grateful for being matched with her. My mindset has changed, and my self-confidence has skyrocketed under her guidance.
Written on Apr 12, 2021 after therapy with Erica for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes