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Erika’s Bio

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Davis, with a minor in Human Development. Along with my interests in Psychology, I also have a passion for the visual arts. I have received training in a variety of mediums, including painting, ceramics, and photography. Art has always been a healing force in my life and has become a valuable addition to my work in the field of psychology.

I completed a dual Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Being able to utilize art in therapeutic ways has opened up a multitude of opportunities for my clients, adding richness and depth to the therapeutic work. In my experience, using multiple modalities (art and traditional “talk” therapy) has helped my clients move closer to their own goals in therapy in unique ways.

During and following my graduate education, I began working towards my specialty in eating disorder recovery. I received my training at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center, leading groups and providing individual therapy sessions with adolescents on the Eating Disorder treatment unit. I developed a strong sense of respect and compassion for the long and often life-threatening road of living with and recovering from an Eating Disorder. The people I worked with at Stanford were experiencing serious medical complications and were facing the effects of the Eating Disorder in critical ways, being a part of their recovery was an inspiring process. After moving out of the San Francisco Bay Area, I relocated to the east coast, diversifying my experience working in a residential home for adults. I provided our clients with group and individual therapy and support in managing everyday life while coping with chronic mental illnesses, including severe depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders.

Returning to my roots in the Los Angeles area in 2006, I continued to diversify my practice, working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings. This includes valuable experience at the Center for Discovery, providing therapy for adolescents and young adults with Eating Disorders undergoing intensive residential treatment.  I am also currently a clinical supervisor for Reasons Eating Disorder Center, providing support and supervision to new therapists in the field.  In addition to my specialty in the treatment of Eating Disorders,  I also have extensive experience in helping people cope with a diverse range of issues, including stress management, relationship issues, difficulties in adjusting to major life changes (such as relocating to a new city, adjusting to college life, marriage, divorce, having a child, coming out, gender transition), trauma, coping with the loss of a loved one, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I also believe that in the mental health community, we need to do a much better job of creating space for people of all cultural backgrounds, body sizes, genders and the queer community.  I believe it is important to acknowledge that the mental health treatment field has not done enough to be inclusive and meet the needs of our diverse communities. As a mental health professional, I am committed to providing a safe and respectful space for healing that honors a person’s unique experiences and the challenges they have experienced. I respect and admire my clients for the work that they do in navigating through the pressures and obstacles they face, and I feel honored to be a part of their journey in making positive life changes.

Degrees, Certifications, and Memberships.

University of California at Davis, B.A. Psychology, minor in Human Development.

Notre Dame de Namur University, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A. Art Therapy.

State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation.

Member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation.

Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Member of the American Art Therapy Association.