Erika Mateus

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a Clinical Social Worker and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Integrative Medicine. For several years I have been working with people from different backgrounds, ages, and cultures, including veterans and women victims of domestic violence and abuse. I have also coached and trained executives and supervisors in leadership and personal growth and provided coaching in their areas of need.

During my years of experience, I have supported and cooperated with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, life and career challenges, post traumatic stress disorder, lack of motivation and low self-esteem.

My personal approach is empathetic, very professional, and understanding. I always start from where the client is, and from there we develop a plan focused on the individual’s goals and needs. My counseling style combines cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions, mindfulness, as well as a strength-based and empowerment approaches.

I believe in people and I believe in change. We all have issues at some point in our life and sometimes we need someone free of judgement to support and guide us throughout the process of overcoming those situations. Life gets better when we have someone to rely on.

Be safe and I am looking forward to supporting and cooperating with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Anger management , Career difficulties

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LCSW #59915 (Expires: 2022-04-30)

LCSW #15336 (Expires: 2021-08-31)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Oct 02, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and coaching

My session with Erika is one of the highlights of my week. I get excited to see her because her positivity is infectious. She really tries to understand me and where I’m coming from, and meets me on my level. I’m really enjoying working with her!

Written by K.A. on Sep 09, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Erika is truly the best. She has helped me in so many ways and I am so appreciative of her! What a beautiful soul she is and what a talent she has!

Written by L.A. on Sep 01, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

She is amazing. She helps me a lot and she is really a good ear. She managed to make me say things that will profoundly impact you. The fact that she pushes me is what I like and what I need.

Written by M.A. on Aug 20, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Erika is extremely enthusiastic with what she does. You can tell she loves her job. She has given me the tools I need to approach my goals of living a more fulfilling life. She tells me exactly what I need to hear and is quick with responses. Because of her I have become more self aware and am learning so much more about my true self and how to accept and love myself better.

Written by M.E. on Aug 14, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She is the best I have ever seen! She listens and is so relatable to my specific needs. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by S.C. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Since I was a teen in therapy I felt that I was just another item to check off for the day, but when I met Erica last year I feel like she listens and understands what I am saying. I am not dreading the days anymore and I look forward to our sessions. I am extremely grateful for her!

Written by A.N. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

If I could rate Erika and BetterHelp a 15 out of 10 I would. She has changed my life.
Better help is the best platform for therapy for me personally I have ever used.
Everyone needs to keep searching if they haven’t found the right therapist for them. I have finally found it here.

Written by A.H. on Jul 04, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She is an amazing listener , she got the idea with minimal words . She get the hidden picture easily

Written by M.A. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching,

I already see a change in my outlook and healrhy thinking. She’s a great listener and offers genuine help along with her expertise.

Written by R.H. on Mar 24, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Erika is an empathetic and effervescent professional. I have an established history of depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem, and she is addressing each of these issues in a holistic way. She listens intently to my concerns and manages to find the questions that lead me to my own invaluable answers. She’s utilized a range of different methods and exercises to help me find a routine that best suits me, and does it all with a sincere and contagious belief that I can — and will — be well. She is helping me change my life, and I could not be more grateful.

Written by T.A. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 8 months on issues concerning grief

If it weren’t for Erika I would be lost. She has helped me with grief, anger, ptsd, depression. I don’t know if I would even be alive today to do this review. Erika has given me hope and inspired me to not only live, but to be healthy, productive, and take advantage of the time we are given.

Written by T.A. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 4 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I have been working with Erika for the last 5months and to say "working with her has changed my life" is an understatement! Our work together has caused incredible transformation within me and how I see myself and the effects of this have echoed through to the physical world around me. I now completely trust and back myself to take the necessary action towards creating my greater vision. Our focus was initially on developing my leadership skills for better career prospects. At the time I was depressed, anxious, and super reactive. I did not like the person I had become and my home life suffered because of this. Now, not only am I a powerful leader in my business, I am a much better mum and wife. I can now speak from a place of authenticity and forge deeper, more productive connections with others.
Erika, you are so kind and supportive in your approach and your thoguhtful questions have given me a whole new perspective on life. I highly recommend Erika and her service. If you are looking to be your best self and powerfully lead others, then this is the lady you need to help you make that happen.

Written by M.E. on Jan 08, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Erika has been helping me control my anxiety. She is very approachable and easy to talk to and has been helping gain the tools I need to feel better. I have faith that I will be able to recover with Erika’s help.

Written by L.U. on Jan 03, 2020 after counseling with Erika for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Erika has been an amazing counselor. I’ve been having sessions with her for almost 5 months and she has been very responsive, understanding and open to try all kinds of methods to meet my goals. I have come a long way and every time I talk to her I feel like I make progress. Totally recommend her!

Written by L.A. on Oct 06, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Erika is absolutely wonderful. She has been receptive, kind, and patient with our discussions as we began to work together. She responds pretty quickly and with care. She also checks in if I don't message in a while, which is helpful as my schedule gets busy and I forget! I recommend her. :)

Written by K.A. on Sep 30, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I feel so relaxed! And I feel as though you heard me ....maybe for the first time in a long time. Thank you, Erika!

Written by A.U. on Sep 28, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 3 weeks on issues concerning coaching

Wonderful counselor with advice tailored to your own personal situation. Erika uses therapeutic techniques from a wide body of knowledge and helps to identify patterns and beliefs standing in the way of full self-realization.

Written by I.K. on Sep 14, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Erika is amazing! She helps me a lots through my life. Helps me to change myself to deal with my feeling.

Written by M.E. on Sep 01, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

In just a few sessions, Erika has helped me to soften into myself and shift some perspectives that were causing suffering. She is compassionate, wise, open and supportive and the sessions are always enlightening on multiple levels.

Written by M.O. on Aug 06, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

In the midst of a complex and highly stressful and frightening time in my life, Erika helped me take a moment to breathe and give order to the chaos. She understood my concerns and knew how to help me prioritize each situation every step of the way. Easy to talk to, caring, and positive. The perfect match for me and my situation.

Written by K.A. on Jul 19, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coaching

Erika is truly a fantastic counselor! She is so empathetic and understanding, and I truly feel safe in a conversation with her. Her wisdom and conversation are incredibly eye-opening and I always feel better than I started after a session with her. She goes above and beyond and is genuine in her care. I can't even begin to express how grateful I am to have been paired up with her.

Written by V.I. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Erika has been an amazing person to be able to confide in. I'm very grateful that she ended up being my counselor. She is a really great listener and does so to truly understand where you're coming from. I have full faith in her and that she can help others too!

Written by M.E. on May 28, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

After two sessions I had with Erika I feel stronger & more confident resolving my issues have been struggling with using tools she provided me.

Written by K.A. on May 15, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Erika is an incredible listener who will help you organize your thoughts and dive to the root of your problem. I think that for anyone feeling lost or confused, Erika is the absolute right person to talk to.

Written by D.A. on Apr 25, 2019 after counseling with Erika for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Erika is compassionate, competent and very culturally aware. She is an excellent therapist and she has helped me tremendously.