Basics of Mental Health
Erin’s approach is one of compassion and understanding where the therapy room is a judgment-free zone. She is a natural encourager and teacher who wants patients to learn about their own mental health and ways one can maintain it well after therapy. She uses more of a directive approach; identifying what techniques could help and setting small steps to bigger goals. She tends to take a now and forward approach to counseling. Her famous question “How is that working for you?” will help patients look at current thoughts, behaviors, and relationships to see if they're helping craft the kind of life they're seeking. Her patients tend to be “complex cases” and have more than one issue that they want to work on. This includes substance use and other mental health disorders, chronic illness and relational struggles, eating disorders, perfectionism, and more.
Ages Treated | Preteens, Teens, Adults
Erin has always had a heart for the “underdog” and the “misunderstood.” She also has always enjoyed figuring out puzzles, including the human ones! Most of her experience has been helping people who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. One issue can make the other very difficult to get under control, so having a counselor that can do both is vital. She has worked with a lot of patients who have difficulties with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. She works with psychiatrists, school counselors, etc., to help patients find a plan that finally works for them. In the last seven years, She has spent more time growing her knowledge of Eating Disorders and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Michigan State University, B.S., Psychology
Spring Arbor University, M.A., Counseling