Sydney Erskine

LMFT

About Me

My name is Sydney. I am a licensed MFT in the state of California. I completed my Masters in Psychology in 1994 and received my license as of January 2000. I have worked in centers for addiction treatment, dual diagnosis, and private practice in the bay area.
I utilize a holistic approach with my clients customizing treatment as appropriate for the individual. This allows for the integration of our bio-psycho-social-spiritual self. My theoretical background includes, but is not limited to, in brief, Psychodynamics, and Bowen; investigating the systematic learned behavior of your past that has brought you to this moment, Humanism; providing a safe, compassionate, empathic, respectful pathway to guide you in uncovering and discovering your true essential self, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy; practical, realistic, tangible tools to apply to conflictual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

I have a deep appreciation, respect, and compassion for what it takes to summon the courage to seek counseling. In my career as a therapist, I have had the privilege to be of service to individuals seeking positive change in their lives. It is of vital importance to see my clients as they are; individual, distinct, and worthy, they deserve no less and usually much more.

Together, we begin by assessing the issues that compelled you to seek counseling at this time in your life. Through a whole life approach, we will examine the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of your life. We will collaborate to gain insight, create measurable goals, find and develop the value and meaning of these discoveries and implement deliberate actions redirecting your focus to transform your life to be one of authenticity, actionable internal motivation, and transformational change. I look forward to helping you develop and achieve meaningful change in your life. Let's work together.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #36366 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sydney Erskine. 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.

Written by C.R. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Sydney is amazing. I feel heard and supported. I feel with her help that I will get where I need to be.

Written by S.T. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Sydney for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Sydney is amazing.

Written by L.A. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Sydney has been great, totally understanding as a therapist. I’ve only had two before her and have always had great experiences with my past therapist. She’s like talking to a wise friend.

Written by C.H. on Sep 25, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

Sydney has been a great counselor. She has helped me with my issue, and then some. I like that she is straight forward with me, and we get to the bottom of things so that I can live a better lifestyle. She's honestly been a huge help, and anyone is lucky to have her as a counselor.

Written by J.A. on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

SYDNEY IS AMAZING. PERIOD. I have learned a lot from her and also a lot more about myself. She has helped guide me in self-reflecting and become less critical of myself. One of the things I appreciate most about her is that she engages with you and brings up details from previous conversations. It lets me know she remembers what I’ve talked about and that I’m heard. All I can say is thank you Sydney!

Written by E.R. on Apr 17, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Sydney has been extremely helpful. I feel like our sessions are bettering my mental health and helping me get through issues I've been experiencing. Her attention to detail and correlating prior weeks notes to our current session helps me know that she is being a great listener and cares about our conversations.

Written by L.U. on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Sydney is absolutely amazing. Not only did she make me feel heard but I felt less alone because she helped me realize the potential that I have within myself. She is so knowledgeable and really takes her time to explain and dive into your emotions and thoughts. With her help I was able to bring the best parts of myself ahead and enhance that while acknowledging the struggles and bettering myself to handle those. By far the best person I have ever had the pleasure of allowing myself to be vulnerable with. :)

Written by K.A. on Jan 15, 2021 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Sydney has been amazing! She allows me to go at my own pace and lets me open up where I want to. In addition, she has taken a great deal of time with her notes and remembering details that we have mentioned. It is so nice to talk to her, and it feels like I have a cheerleader on my side when I want to try new things. Cannot wait to see how much I grow with her!

Written by I.R. on Nov 24, 2020 after therapy with Sydney for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Sydney really made me feel heard. I felt comfortable to open up about everything I thought and needed help with

Written by D.A. on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

I have only had a couple of sessions so far, but Sydney has been great. I was apprehensive at first, but really feel like she is a great match for me. She listens and is empathetic, gives me good insights and has a fun demeanor that I wasn't necessarily expecting in therapy but it makes it really easy to talk openly. While these are serious subjects, it doesn't have to feel serious - more like a good conversation with an objective friend. I am very pleased with being paired with her and would highly recommend!

Written by S.H. on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Sydney for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues

I was very surprised to be matched with what feels like the perfect counselor for me. I highly recommend Sydney, she is very thoughtful, empathetic, knowledgeable and an excellent listener. She has very calm energy and a good sense of humor. I feel safe to tell her anything.

Written by L.E. on Jun 23, 2020 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She relaxes me

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