Erika graduated from Pepperdine University with a masters degree in clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy. She is a member of the International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) as well as the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Erika has clinical training in a multi-cultural community mental health clinic specializing in substance use disorder, domestic violence, trauma, and PTSD.
Her approach to counseling is integrative, combining various forms of psychotherapy to adapt to client needs. Some of the techniques she uses are rooted in Cognitive behavioral therapy, Family Systems, Attachment based theory, Trauma informed therapy, and Somatic therapy.
Erika believes that the mind, body and spirit are all connected. She works with clients to achieve a greater awareness of the physical response to stress. We develop and use self regulating strategies to work through events or experiences that have resulted in emotional or physical
harm. Her clinical training along with life experiences and the belief that a therapeutic relationship is grounded in mutual trust, respect and understanding serve to provide a safe space where healing can be achieved.
Erika is passionate about working with adults, couples, families and older adults. We all have moments in life when we struggle with difficult transitions, relationship conflicts, grief/loss, identity crisis, career changes, empty nest, blended family issues, remarriage or divorce and she
appreciates the opportunity to work with clients as they address these types of issues.