Hello and Welcome!
I am Wa State Licensed Couples and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) & a
masters level Art Therapist (ATR-P) registered with the Art Therapy Credential Board.
I specialize in providing affirming and competent therapy to people across a broad spectrum of gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. I love working with folks who identify across the LGBTQIA++ spectrum, as well as those who have other marginalized identities and non-normative identities and life experiences. Sometimes this work is about exploring identity, and sometimes it's about just getting to be a person in therapy that doesn't have to focus on explaining your identity because you are with a therapist that gets it. My work is trauma-informed and rooted in values of collective liberation, anti-oppression, resilience, and intersectionality. My work is systemically focused, meaning that I work to support you in your growth as a whole self who lives as an interconnected and interdependent being within the unique context of your life.
My style is warm and conversational. My approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and honors each individual’s intrinsic value and innate wisdom. I strive to create a safe, solid, and relaxed environment that supports you in doing your most vital healing and growth work. I work to promote a balance of depth and buoyancy in session. I believe healing happens as we engaging with our experiences from a balanced place of gentle curiosity, deep acceptance, and growth oriented challenge. I do my best to weave my varied training and experiences into a flexible and integrative approach tailored to your unique needs, strengths, and preferences. I work collaboratively with you to tailor your growth experience to your needs. I aim to support you in building a stronger relationship of trust with your own internal voice of wisdom. We can do this together using art-making practices, traditional talk therapy, somatic/mindfulness approaches - or a combination, if that’s where your journey leads us.
I support folks in a wide variety of emotional, relational, and identity concerns including: gender identity, sexual identity, struggles due to living in an oppressive society, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relational stress, issues with family of origin, pain and patterns carried from childhood, early childhood loss, adoption, foster care, ancestral/lineage/legacy connection and healing work, attachment difficulties, self-love/acceptance, spirituality, search for meaning, life transitions, and creative growth.
I am sex worker allied, as well as kink, poly, and sex-positive allied.
I graduated from Antioch University in 2017 with a masters degree in Art Therapy and a masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy.
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families/caregivers who have experience with both foster care and adoption.
I am a certified yoga instructor since 2007 and have extensive training in mindfulness practices.
About Erin and Art Therapy:
I believe in the power of Art!
I am a lifelong artist who discovered the transformational power of creating art as a young queer person growing up in the Olympia area’s self-taught DIY art culture. I believe art in a therapeutic context is about opening up to yourself and letting yourself be seen. It's about engaging a tool that supports your ability to take what's inside you and put it on the outside. It promotes the development of self-love, self-acceptance, and depth of relationship with the self. When done in relational groups, it is a powerful tool for intimacy-building and inspires mutual understanding. I believe my role as an art therapist is to support an environment that invites curiosity and deep honesty. I use art-making as a practice in releasing self-judgement and an opportunity to be present in the moment. I work to help people connect with their inner worlds more deeply, lower the volume of their internal critic’s voice, and nurture true self-acceptance through building relationship with their creations.
Art Therapy is about process, not product. This means that the art piece you create is more about engaging with the process of making it, and less about how the finished product turns out. Sometimes what you make will be something you feel proud of from an aesthetic standpoint. More often, the final product will be something that feels rather simplistic and even child-like. The power is held in the process of being engaged with your creativity and vulnerability. This process supports the development of a non-linear language that lives outside of the rules of logical cognitive processing. It is a rich addition to your communication toolbox. Artistic expression is a birthright for all people. There is no need to have any specialized artistic skills or training. Both those who identify as artists and non-artists can benefit from this process.
Besides Art Therapy, I am also trained in: Mindfulness Based Therapies, Narrative, Trauma Focused CBT, Eco-Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Feminist Therapy.
All my approaches are trauma informed, client centered, integrative, systemic, and multiculturally sensitive and responsive.
Free initial 20 minute phone consultation.
$100 per 50 minute session
$140 per 80 minute session
$120 per 50 minute session
$160 per 80 minute session
If my fees make therapy financially inaccessible to you, please inquire about the availability of sliding scale fees.
Insurance: Please consult with your insurance company if they will provide reimbursement for "Out Of Network Providers with a LMFTA license". If so, I can provide necessary paperwork for reimbursement purposes.