Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety, sadness, loneliness, or self-doubt? Do you experience persistent, negative thoughts about yourself and your surroundings and have difficulty overcoming these to live the life and have the outlook you yearn for? Have you had difficulty coping with changes in your life, or seen a shift in your motivation and confidence to move forward? Have you turned to habits that have negatively impacted your life and commitments? Have you experienced strain in your relationships and communication with others? These questions represent a fraction of the issues many psychotherapy clients answer “yes” to when they seek out services. You are brave for acknowledging them and beginning the steps to seek out help.
As Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California, Erika serves her clients by providing strengths-based, person-centered, spirituality and trauma informed services. It is Erika’s goal to help clients build insight into their own symptoms and develop the tools needed to help them move towards a more positive and functional way of thinking about themselves and the world that surrounds them. Erika’s experience has shown her that at the core of many (though not all) client mental health struggles is the desire to belong (to oneself and to a larger purpose) and find meaning in life, and to live out that sense of belonging and meaning without self-doubt. Erika approaches each client with the perspective that each person is worthy and filled with dignity; Erika aims to work collaboratively with clients--who are the experts of their own stories--to help them realize their own self-worth and dignity from themselves.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Erika moved to Los Angeles to attend her undergraduate college, Loyola Marymount University, and later moved to Boston, MA, where she attended Boston College and earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Theology and Ministry (MATM). In attaining a dual-Masters degree, Erika provides spirituality-competent care when spirituality, faith, and/or religion are important to her client’s self-identity, understanding the two often impact one another.
Erika most often utilizes the following treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, family systems, and Strengths-Based Services. Her experiences comes from a variety of settings, including working as a Psychotherapist for Outpatient therapy clinics, a Case Manager in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and most recently as the Program/Clinical Director of a crisis-centered, residential treatment facility. Through her experience, Erika has worked with an array of mental health populations and diagnostic backgrounds ranging from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, to psychotic and personality disorders. Erika specializes in providing adult, family, and group therapy, though has worked with a variety of ages and utilizes Evidence-Based Practices that are appropriate for each client.
My treatment areas include:
-Life changes, transitions, and stress
-Negative thinking patterns
-Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
-Individual and group therapy
-Suicidal ideation, self-harm, and crisis interventions (including assessing for higher levels of care)
Erika Allen-Andere, LCSW