A Los Angeles native, Erika celebrates the multitude of cultures that exist in this vibrant city, which inform her experience as a clinician; enhancing her cultural competence and her compassion towards others whose traditions and values differ from her own.
Erika specializes in helping clients establish a stronger sense of self and improve interpersonal relationships. With her background in family systems and psychodynamic principles, she empowers clients to break away from negative patterns in relationships by shifting toward a more actualized self.
Using mindfulness principles and sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques, she provide clients with tools to increase their mind-body awareness, developing resources to better regulate overwhelming emotions.
She has found these practices to be incredibly helpful in reducing anxiety and depression due to childhood trauma and insecure parent-child attachment. When we experience ongoing stress and trauma in childhood we often develop defenses to protect our psyche from harm. However, these tools that helped us in the past often become barriers to human connection and deep intimacy, as we grow older.
Erika received her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from UCLA and enjoys incorporating her science background into her practice using current research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology to educate her clients and normalize their experiences. She received my master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Erika is passionate about helping clients empower themselves to respond to stressful life events from a place of strength and security rather than defensiveness.