We have moved! Our new address is: 253 Easterly Parkway #205, State College, PA 16801
We have moved! Our new address is: 253 Easterly Parkway #205, State College, PA 16801
I believe deeply in the value of marriage and its ability to unite and empower individuals. The safety, security, and attachment that a committed lifelong partnership provides is undeniable. I chose this profession out of a desire to see marriages become more vibrant, thriving, and satisfying; and after 10 years in the field, I am still committed to that desire.
However, if you are looking for someone who’s had a perfect marriage to give you advice on how to fix yours, I’m not that guy. If instead, you want someone who will be blunt about the honest challenges of marriage, who’s been divorced and made mistakes, who will never judge you for yours but will call you out when necessary, then I’m him.
I get it. I’ve been there. It’s hard …and it can get better.
Be it an affair, effects of infertility, or sexual issues; I can help. My approach is to draw from the systemic theories of the MFT field, integrating treatments such as Emotion Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems. This allows me to thoroughly assess and treat your unique case. The outcome may not always be what we expected; but there is much we can do to walk through the difficulties you face, and find a new path forward that brings healing, wholeness, and fulfillment.
Shane has limited availability focused solely on sexual issues or infidelity. To inquire about working with him, let the intake coordinator know that you are looking for help in those specific areas and they will confer with Shane to see if you are a good fit.
In my work as a therapist I place a strong emphasis on creating a professional working relationship built on trust and feelings of safety. It is essential that you feel safe when working with me in order to heal. My goal is to help you learn more about your strengths, your values, and your dreams for your future. I want to help you feel more in control of your mental health so that your quality of life can be improved. You deserve to feel better and to live the life that you desire.
I have a strong passion in working with those who have a history of trauma and painful life events, and believe that early intervention is key in preventing further mental health issues and trauma exposure. I am now a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist which is a type of trauma-informed psychotherapy. EMDR is one of the most effective therapies for those experiencing trauma-related symptoms. I also have training and experience in providing Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and have found that pairing IFS and EMDR is an effective way of healing trauma. I would also like to note that I am especially interested in working with LGBTQ members and am open to working with those who are 12 or older. Other areas of interest include working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief/loss, and self-esteem issues.
Hello, I’m Erica, I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist and I work primarily from a systemic approach, what this means is the therapy works explores clients relationships, experiences and other aspects of their world while also remaining client focused and strengths based. I feel the therapeutic relationship can be a strong and powerful tool for moving forward in a positive way. I work from a range of systemic approaches as well as behavioral models based on the needs and goals of the clients I am working with. I feel that therapy is a journey that can assist anyone in making changes and finding more positivity and light in their lives.
My therapeutic approach is strengths based and collaborative. I believe that relating with honesty, courage, and compassion to others, the world around us, and perhaps most foundationally, to ourselves, lies at the heart of living a full and healthy life. I also believe that each person has the means within themselves to address the challenges that they are facing. My role is to help identify those internal resources, and offer guidance in utilizing them. I have experience working with couples, as well as individuals facing a number of challenges such as anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and relational issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with adults, children, adolescents and older populations. I believe in a collaborative and holistic approach to counseling, and I feel that the therapeutic process can be a powerful tool in helping people identify and work through barriers to meeting their potential.
I am trained and have experience in Internal Family Systems therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I am also trained and have experience in the treatment of grief and loss and traumatic bereavement. Other areas of experience include working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and transitional difficulties. I am also a veteran of the armed forces and have a passion for working with veterans and their families.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor who utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Caring for ourselves should not just include one aspect of wellness, but a balanced wheel of our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual selves. Through working together we can create that balance by considering all the parts of self and how it relates to others and the world. This can be accomplished with my person-centered, mindfulness and strength based therapy. I enjoy working with others who may be struggling with behavioral issues, trauma and mood disorders, parenting challenges, and other general mental health concerns.
My approach to counseling centers on meeting each client where they are at and addressing their concerns within the larger context of who they are as an individual, in their relationships, and in their day-to-day world. To that end, I strive to help my clients better understand both the internal and external factors that impact their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and interactions. I utilize a variety of different counseling strategies and approaches based on each client’s needs, including holistic wellness (exploring the factors that impact our physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being), mindfulness and self-regulation, stress management, personal strengths and resources identification, and cognitive behavioral techniques. It is extremely important to me that my clients feel safe, respected, and understood each time we meet as we work as a team to address their counseling goals.
I have multiple years of experience working with college students at several different university counseling centers, and welcome the opportunity to continue to serve this population in our local community. I also enjoy working with older adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of different issues, including anxiety and depression, eating and body image concerns, OCD, trauma responses, time management/ADHD, faith-based/spirituality concerns, relationship issues, and other general mental health concerns.
Stories take time, both to relay and unfold. When there is time to be heard and to be known, we allow our message to develop into a new and defining chapter. I strive to work with clients in developing an awareness and appreciation of their journey, while looking out for the pitfalls or previous cycles that may have you feeling stuck. Changes take place at your own pace to create an empowering story.
My therapy style focuses on a systemic approach that may include DBT, CBT, IFS and Choice Theory to foster growth and self-compassion. In my trauma work I utilize my training in EMDR, Seeking Safety and trauma narrative to empower critical thinking and to ask for help when needed. I have experience working with individuals and couples who are coping with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and eating disorders and enjoy working with those who don’t follow a ‘traditional’ path or outlook. I appreciate viewing the world a little differently each day to discover what makes each of us truly unique.
In the words of Jim Henson:
"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey.
As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops.
The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map.”
As a systemically trained couple and family therapist, I strive to prioritize curiosity, compassion and connection in therapy. My purpose as a relational therapist is to provide a nonjudgmental and safe environment where exploration and transformation can occur. I believe that everyone has various ways of viewing the world and others through their own unique lens that colors their experiences and shapes the way they interact with others. Thus, I aim to treat my clients with respect and communicate in a way that does not discriminate, marginalize, pathologize or allow them to feel that their experiences are not true or their own. I strive to assist my clients in learning their individual role in influencing negative relational dynamics, explore how their past is currently influencing the present, help each individual better understand their own and their partner or family members internal world and improve their ability to communicate in more effective and healthy ways.
I incorporate mindfulness, emotionally focused and experiential therapy elements into my work and will alternate between directive and collaborative roles, depending on my client’s needs and relational dynamics. I am a trauma informed therapist and have experience working primarily with individuals and couples coping with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relational or professional stress and phase of life transitions.