A Word From Erika

Congratulations on taking a step toward bringing balance into your life. Beginning the search for professional therapeutic support is no easy task. It takes a great measure of acceptance, vulnerability, strength and willingness to embark on a journey of self-discovery and restoration.

 

You’ve probably reached this point in your life because you are currently navigating through one (or several) of life’s transitions. Or maybe you find yourself feeling a bit stuck in certain areas of your life and you’re trying to figure out your next move. You may even be struggling to find peace in a conflictive relationship or can’t seem to move past emotional pain caused by personal or historical collective trauma.

 

Any number of life’s stressors can leave you feeling overwhelmed with sadness, anxiety, rage, loss of direction, shame, guilt, confusion, inadequacy and even physical pain associated with these emotional discomforts. If left unchecked, these symptoms begin to fester and can affect your relationships, your job, your health, your spiritual well being, and your daily life functions (like eating and sleeping).

 

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, my belief is the mind, body, and spirit are 3 parts of the whole self. Each operating in unity with the others to create a sense of balance in your life. Using mindful awareness, I take a holistic integrative approach to treatment. This means together we will explore various dimensions of your life to assess your overall wellness. Increasing this holistic awareness gives you an objective viewpoint of your entire wellness map and leads you to a better understanding of which area (or areas) in your life may be contributing to your imbalanced state.

A word of caution though, emotional work is hard, and the process of healing can sometimes leave you feeling worse than when you started. With that in mind, I encourage the use of self-care outside of therapy. We will work together to discover sustainable emotional regulating skills and modes of self-care that fit naturally within your means and lifestyle while taking this journey. 

I am committed to walking with you on this journey to awaken perspective, clarity, and wellness in your life. Reaching out today is your first step towards healing and balance.

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, University of Central Arkansas

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington state, #LH 60457083

  • 10 years of clinical practice and experience working with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and groups in various settings (schools, prisons, community outpatient settings, in-patient psychiatric facilities, private practice

  • Clinical Supervision (15 hours of training in clinical supervision and over 100 hours of experience in supervision of clinical practice)

  • Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator

Contact Me

Email: awaken@erikacherrylmhc.com

Phone: (206) 617-4124

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