Erica Dean, LMFT, PMH-C

(she/her)

About Me

Transitioning through life can feel challenging, especially when we're not sure of our ability to handle changes with confidence. Difficulty navigating changes can negatively impact our relationship with ourselves and others. Erica works with children, young adult, and adult clients who are struggling with ineffective patterns that impede their quality of life. In therapy, Erica support clients in discovering effective strategies to manage distressing emotions, cope with current stressors, gain insights, and build resilience. She embraces a collaborative approach to understand client's histories and the patterns they would like to shift. Erica draws from different modalities she has been trained in, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to support clients with trauma, transitions, anxiety, attachment, depression, perinatal mood disorders, and grief. She especially enjoys working with prenatal and postpartum individuals and families. Her therapeutic style is warm and energetic.

Education & Experience

Erica received comprehensive training from Postpartum Support International (PSI) and obtained her Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C). She provides support to birthing individuals and families navigating the unique emotional challenges of the perinatal period, including pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Erica plays a crucial role in providing emotional support to birthing individuals, helping clients develop coping strategies, and fostering a safe space to express concerns or fears. Additionally, Erica collaborates with other perinatal healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive care for her clients. Erica’s skill set contributes to the well-being of both the parent or parents and the developing family unit during this transformative stage. Erica completed her Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training in 2023 through the EMDR Institute. She incorporates EMDR in her practice to support clients in reprocessing traumatic memories, promoting emotional healing, and building resilience. Whether addressing past traumas or navigating life transitions, Erica creates a nonjudgemental space for clients to understand their experience. Erica guides clients through an eight phase process to help diminish the emotional impact of distressing memories. She equips clients with relevant coping strategies, empowering them to apply newfound insights in their everyday lives. Erica is currently in consultation to become a certified EMDRIA provider.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Erica utilizes a collaborative, evidence-based approach in therapy, recognizing clients' innate knowledge of their needs. Embracing an LGBTQIA+ affirmative, trauma-informed perspective, she creates a supportive environment that leverages individual's strengths. This personalized approach reflects Erica's commitment to providing meaningful and transformative therapeutic experiences. ​ Erica believes in the importance of professional development and regularly continues to strengthen her clinical skills. She frequently attends workshops, consultation groups, courses, and conferences. Erica frequently collaborates with other mental health and healthcare professionals due to her belief in a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Erica is affiliated with CAMFT, EMDRIA, and PSI.

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Stress Management

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Families
  • LGBTQ+

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Does Not Accept Insurance