Find The Path By Walking It
Focusing Oriented Therapy
Focusing is a gentle, client led bodily inquiry process which creates space for inner dialogue and conscious shifts to take place. The therapist holds the space and supports the client in exploring what is coming up, in the moment, and how to integrate that knowledge for greater harmony and peace in your life.
Wellness Support and Planning
Support and strategies to uncover what blocks your self care. Developing meaningful and realistic plans for wellness in all areas of your life, using a variety of approaches to access emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental wellness.
Building Resilience and Positive Coping Skills
You are more than what has happened to you. Adversity doesn't always build resilience. The good news? You can change your mind, and you are incredibly capable, adaptable, and wired for survival. What served you in the past may not serve you now: let's find out what does.
What I do, and how I got here:
I have been working as a mental health counselling professional since 2010, specializing in helping people identify and achieve their personal wellness goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and depression. My experiences as a survivor, a traveller, a parent, and a writer all inform my interest and approach to life, and to counselling. We will draw on creative processes, bodily inquiry work, evidence based tools such as CBT, and teachings from Indigenous traditions which I use with explicit permission. My practice is relational, holistic, and body centred.
I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work (trauma informed practice specialization), and a Bachelors of Social Work degree, both from the University of Calgary. I hold Diplomas in Addictions Counselling and Indigenous Oriented Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma, among other specialized trainings.
I work with adults who are seeking support in the realms of grief and loss, addictions recovery, and relationship and intimacy work. I am polyamory and kink informed and specifically invite diverse gender, erotic, and relationship issues, as well as general mental health and wellness concerns.
I keep limited office hours for in-person appointments in Powell River, and am available either by secure video conferencing or via telephone for remote support. During this time of COVID, public health orders may preclude meeting in person. It is an honour to walk alongside people and support them to discover their own abilities and strengths, and I look forward to working with you!
What people are saying:
"Erica is a warm and thoughtful counsellor that connected with our daughter and helped her to think about and reflect on the way she responded to situations and her thoughts. We noticed an immediate change with our daughter when she started seeing Erica, she gave her skills and language to deal with experiences in a more appropriate way.
For us as parents Erica kept us informed of what we needed to know and what she was covering with our daughter in the sessions. We felt very confident in Erica’s ability as counsellor and would highly recommend her." - parent of youth client
"I was in the worst mental state I have ever been when I met Erica for the first time and the supportive relationship that I have developed with her has allowed me to find better way of living. It has not been easy but Erica supported me and gave me numerous of advices.
I have never been so happy with myself that I am today. I can't thank Erica enough for her help." - previous client
"Erica assisted our daughter as she was going through some difficult times in her life, and we can honestly say that Erica more than exceeded our expectations. Erica is as a person very open, positive and easy to trust and possesses a high degree of knowledge within her line of work" - parent of a youth client
"Erica has been an asset to our clients and staff team. Along with her strong work ethic, she has brought a positive, non judgemental, strength based and client centered approach to the work and to her team... Erica was recognized at a recent conference for her amazing ability to engage clients, landlords, and other community professionals and to build positive and long lasting relationships with them." - previous supervisor
"Erica consulted with our 10 year old daughter, assisting her to manage some anxieties and sleep issues. Our daughter grew to trust Erica very quickly, with the activities and sessions helping to give our daughter the tools to manage her anxieties, and to help her get to sleep much more easily. The actions that Erica suggested had have greatly helped our daughter, and she continues to implement many of the things that Erica taught her to use. We can thoroughly recommend Erica for her professionalism, confidentiality and willingness to tailor a solution to our particular needs." - parent of a youth client
I gratefully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation.
Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but
nothing is infinite,
not even loss.
You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you are going to find yourself again.