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Erika Pettersen, LAC

Hybrid Therapist

Erika is a Licensed Associate Counselor with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University.  With over five years in the mental health field, Erika has worked in community mental health, crisis management, substance abuse, intensive outpatient and hospitalization programs, and more recently private practice.   Erika works with all ages starting at adolescent teens.  Her personality can be described as compassionate, empathetic, and focused.  She will not only guide you on your therapeutic journey, but she will sit with you in your discomforts; creating a safe space to process all of your goals that bring you to therapy.  

I want them to have a space where they never feel judged, and to know that they are sitting with someone who has an open-mind and is ready to guide them on their healing journey.

Erika has a very adaptive approach to therapy.  She respects that every client can benefit from a different approach, and will not hold fast to a single treatment modality.  While she gravitates toward CBT, DBT, and solution focused approaches in session, she will draw elements from alternative modalities when appropriate.  Erkia has specialities in anxiety and depression, relationships, school issues, and sports performance.  Additional areas that she commonly works in are gender identity and self expression, relationships and conflict across the relational spectrum, codependency, life transitions, and grief.  You will find that sessions integrate the development of internal motivation and coping skills, and together you will create an adaptable plan for addressing the struggles that bring you to therapy.  

I aim to empower my clients to develop coping strategies, discover their strengths, and cultivate resilience in the face of life’s many challenges. Although you are the driver in your life, I will be here guiding and cheering you on from the passenger seat.” 

Erika is under the supervision of our owner and clinical director. Angela Valeski LCSW.   Contact us today to schedule with Erika, or learn more about the best fit for your needs.