About Erika

ErikaThrough our deep and genuine relationship, my clients are able to develop the courage and the skills to make the pivotal change that enhances the quality of their lives.

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I strive to create a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment to support individuals and groups in their efforts to change, grow and ultimately reach their maximum potential. I enjoy helping clients discover their strengths, build positive support systems, and develop healthy lifestyles for a fulfilled life.

My mantra is, “through the power of compassion, empathy, knowledge, and attentive listening, I empower people to feel confident to make significant changes and implement new skills into their lives.”

More about me, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialization in mental health and nearly a decade of experience working with teenagers, adults and couples/families. I believe in providing quality services to individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relationship issues, trauma and substance use disorders, all of which prevent individuals from satisfactorily engaging in important relationships, such as academic, career, social/family. I have worked across a variety of settings, from non-profit to outpatient hospitals, community clinics, and government agencies. Irrespective of the setting. My main goal is to assist you in looking for alternative ways to better manage and resolve life’s most challenging situations.

I am fluent in Spanish (born and raised in Mexico) and English and has developed multicultural sensitivity and cultural competence. My evidenced-based approaches are: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing in addition to humanistic, systemic and psychodynamic approaches, all of which allow her to effectively address emotional and behavioral issues from diverse backgrounds.

 

LANGUAGES:

English and Spanish

SPECIALTIES:

Depression, anxiety, early-mid career, teens, PTSD, trauma, substance use concerns, addictive behaviors, eating disorder, self-image, identity, perfectionism, school performance pressure, life transitions, self-harming behaviors, self-compassion, addictive behaviors, parental or romantic relationship issues, work/life/home balance, grief/loss.

STRENGTHS:

Kind, energetic, and direct. Erika is trained in treating clients in critical and acute settings with the ability to utilize CBT, DBT, and mindfulness interventions. She is very capable in handling a variety of concerns. Erika provides individual, group and family sessions.

Core competencies include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and Systemic Approaches, Psychometric Tools, Domestic Violence, and crisis management. 

 TYPICAL CLIENT:

Young Adults, Early-Mid Career struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, identity, sexuality, faith/religion, panic, attention deficit, relationship issues, self-esteem and empowerment.

Teens struggling with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic, academics, ethnic/generational, relationships, sexuality, identity, attention, self-harming behaviors, faith/religion.


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