MS, LPC, NCC
Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She obtained her Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of North Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education from the University of North Georgia. Erin has dedicated her career to helping children and adolescents overcome hardships regardless of the severity of the issue. While working in the school system she helped elementary aged children meet their academic goals. Later she helped adolescents and their families achieve stability while working as the Assistant Director of Cottage A/Youth Services for both the inpatient and partial programs at the Ridgeview Institute.
Erin enjoys working with individuals, groups, and with families. She has experience working with crisis, and mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and anger. She also loves working with family conflicts, behavioral difficulties, and resistant clients. She uses CBT and DBT techniques to help children and adolescents learn healthy coping skills so they can create a life worth living. Erin has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which can be greatly beneficial for all adolescents. It can help with all manipulative behaviors including but not limited to suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, explosive emotional outburst, isolation, anger outbursts, anxiety, panic attacks, and disordered eating. DBT can also help adolescents to more effectively communicate with their parents, handle difficult situations, and understand and control their emotions.
Erin believes that behaviors are meaningful rather than random. Often times when children act-out they are trying to have a need met or trying to communicate with an adult. Understanding the cause of behavior can help implement positive and lasting change. Erin believes that the use of art and play therapy allows children and adolescents to communicate in a natural manner so that the cause of behavior can be understood. Also, she feels that using creative expressive therapies help put the needed changes into children’s lives.