Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), working towards her Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She began her career as a French teacher before becoming a School Counselor, and has worked in Chicago Public Schools at the Elementary level for 25 years, gaining a variety of skill sets and interests that have led her to The Center.
Her upbringing in a large Irish Catholic family has drawn her to Family Systems Theory, and throughout her career, she has focused on:
- Adjustments through a divorce
- Blended families
- Birth order dynamics
- Grief and loss
- Pubescent self-esteem issues and challenges
- Stress Management
- Emotional Self Regulation Techniques
- SEL Skills
- College and career planning for High School students
- Parenting tips, and more.
Erin knows first hand the importance of emotional self-regulation and coping skills. She employs a variety of techniques incorporating the tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also utilizes her training in Trauma Informed Schools & Solution Focused Brief Therapy for a multitude of anger coping and social skill building practices with her students.
At the heart of Erin’s practice is the belief that children wish to feel connected and confident in their dynamics throughout their school day. As a result, she incorporates play therapy to help students work past negative inner dialogue or emotional dysregulation patterns. Erin’s sincere, empathetic approach works to empower students to do their best so they can be successful and gain confidence in themselves.