Humans are hardwired to seek connection and are profoundly shaped by our relationships. I believe that therapy can reveal important insights into our adaptations to trauma and attachment patterns and can guide us to more open-hearted connection and empowerment in our relationships and lives. As a therapist, I utilize a body-centered lens that guides clients through mindful exploration of their experience to access the ways we hold thoughts, beliefs, and patterns. Through this work, we are able to move towards embodiment and choice to create lasting change.
For me, it is important to acknowledge the ways in which societal context, whether race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, or spirituality are foundational and lived parts of our experiences. I am committed to transparency and openness in our work and naming how our identities show up in the room.
Erin specializes in…
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
- Clinical Supervisors: Keely Helmick, LPC, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Anne-Marie Benjamin LPC
- Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology – California Institute of Integral Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – University of Oregon
I grew up with an acute sense of longing for connection that was not available to me due to coping strategies born of intergenerational traumas in my family. From this sense of loneliness, I grew into a life as a seeker. I have always been motivated to move towards experiences that both excite and intimidate me to get closer to what I now realize is a path toward authentic connection to others and to myself. In my own healing process, coming into more intimate contact with my body, my present experiences, and my environment as a resource has led me to this calling of supporting others in finding brave truths that can come from both pain and joy.
My path toward relational and sex therapy began as a teenager teaching peer sex education in high school classrooms. I believe that access to empowerment in our bodies and in our sexuality has powerful and liberatory potential. Social justice and has always been important to me, and in my work as a therapist I continue to humbly commit to work towards anti-racist healing. I also am a student of how our contexts and identities shape our embodied experiences, from experiences of oppression to our greatest strengths. It is important for me to locate myself as a white, cisgendered queer person currently living without a disability and from a middle class financial background.
In my work as a therapist, I primarily utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and attachment models and practice through mindful-experiential and somatic-based approaches. I also believe in the power of clarifying needs and incorporate Non-Violent Communication (NVC) into my work. I am proficient but not fluent in Spanish, and welcome clients who would like to work with me at that level or to explore working in both English and Spanish.