- Anxiety Treatment
- Child Counseling Services
- Chronic Illness Counseling
- Couples Therapy
- Depression Treatment
- Family Therapy
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment
- Grief Counseling
- Infertility Counseling
- LGBTQ+ Counseling
- LGBTQ+ Couples Therapy
- Marriage Counseling
- Parenting Skills & Support
- Perinatal and Postpartum Treatment
- Premarital Counseling
- Relationship Counseling
- Self-Esteem Counseling
- Stress Management
- Therapy for Women
- Trauma & PTSD Treatment
- Work Stress & Burnout Syndrome
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My approach is largely a relational one and grounded in current neuroscience research. We know that the adult human brain is ever-changing and retains an astonishing ability to rewire its circuitry across the lifespan!
This means that we have an innate capacity for healing, change, growth, and development throughout the entirety of our lives. I wholeheartedly believe in the marvelous and miraculous power of the relationship between therapist and client, of being deeply seen and known.
I draw heavily on psychodynamic approaches to help you gain insight into the patterns of your relationships, thoughts, feelings, needs, and actions. When you gain greater insight into your life within the context of a safe and life-giving relationship, your brain literally rewires and reconfigures itself and creates new neural networks. These new pathways carry you forward in life to experience more meaning, peace, and satisfaction.
Birth and death are powerful portals into our souls, psyches, and humanity.
I specialize in working with pregnant women, postpartum moms, new parents (moms or dads!), and budding families from all backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+ couples and adoptive parents. I also work with those experiencing grief, bereavement, or loss of any kind, which can apply to instances of regret and missed opportunities.
Many of us are simply winging it through life’s major milestones, and we can easily be blindsided and left feeling unequipped to navigate these big challenges. Yet, these transitions—regardless of what they are—can be a remarkable window into our growth and potential.
I recognize that many of us are born into less-than-ideal circumstances or have to contend with difficulties that can be too much to bear—none of us gets through life unscathed.
Grief and loss accompany many human experiences, including the death of a loved one, financial ruin, significant transitions, relationship obstacles, and faith-related struggles. It’s been said that “grief is the form love takes when someone dies,” but I find this to be true for every kind of loss. This realization has enabled me to view pain and suffering from an existential and spiritual perspective.
My aim as a therapist is to help my clients grieve well, restoring hope, light, and even laughter into their lives. I do this by tailoring the counseling process to each of my client’s unique goals and strengths.
Under my person-centered, eclectic approach, I am likely to incorporate:
- existential therapy,
- psychodynamic methods involving self-examination, walk-and-talk therapy, and
- creative outlets to enhance emotional awareness
For new parents and families, in particular, I use approaches that are systems/family oriented and informed by elements of perinatal mental health.
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What To Expect
When you and I are in session, I offer a strongly attuned presence, which means I can read, see, and stay present with all of the emotions you bring—even amidst hard conversations.
You will be at the center of my attention as I carve out meaningful mental and emotional space for you throughout our time together. By paying attention to details and observing patterns, we can collaborate on seeing the bigger picture of your pain and solutions for your healing.
In therapy with me, all thoughts, feelings, and emotions are welcome. We will walk inside those experiences together so you can better understand and own them.
More About Erica
Outside of work, spending quality time with family and friends is what fuels and fulfills me.
My partner and I have been married since 2006, and we treasure parenting our two young sons. We strive for a life rich in meaning and have created many new rituals and traditions together.
When at home, I love cooking, listening to music, and singing loudly to 90s R&B and hip hop (I secretly fantasize about what it would be like to be a rock star or comedian)!
My surroundings are vital to the way I live my life, and I love being in nature, getting movement outside, going on long walks, and exploring trees with my sons.
History And Qualifications
Though I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling in 2007, I didn’t get licensed right away. Instead, I worked in HR for nearly a decade before switching gears to stay at home with my children full-time. Throughout this period, my own therapist encouraged me to return to my roots and begin a second career, so I decided to complete my licensure.
The work I did with my counselor unequivocally changed my life for the better, and through the therapeutic process, I discovered a deep and wide reservoir for connecting with people from all walks of life. I am a therapist because learning the stories of others, and I value the opportunity to hold space for each of my clients.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Psychology at The University of Houston in 2003, I completed my Master’s in Counseling at Houston Baptist University in 2007. In addition to being a member of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, I have intensive training in perinatal loss and grief as well as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through the Seleni Institute.
Graduate Degree: Master’s in Counseling at Houston Baptist University
Counselor Affiliations: Houston Group Psychotherapy Society
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor’s in Psychology at The University of Houston