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Erika Lopez

My Philosophy: Erika believes that getting to know ourselves can be uncomfortable and hard, but necessary work to better understand who we are and what mark we want to leave on the world around us.

What Sessions With Erika Look Like: Erika ensures that the relationship and rapport between herself and a client is mutual, as it is vital for clients to feel comfortable enough to be honest in sessions to facilitate the necessary work to build a better life. She makes an effort to continuously check in throughout sessions about how a client is feeling and remove any form of miscommunications or misinterpretations that might occur while utilizing DBT tools.

More About Me: Growing up in an environment where she consistently felt invalidated and unheard was a painful experience. Erika struggled with self-esteem, relationships, behavioral issues, and personal trauma. She was lucky enough to find a few safe adults that saw she was struggling and were patient in teaching her valuable skills on how to survive emotionally, mentally, and physically. Once she found her own way to therapy and began to experience what it felt like to be heard, understood, and cared for, Erika’s outlook changed for the better. Erika’s lived experience continues to motivate her to help others suffering with their mental health. Life is too short to spend sufferring being unhappy and unfulfilled. Being able to show clients a healthy, supportive and educational relationship is one of her favorite things about being a therapist. Erika hopes to help clients the way she was helped so that they too can experience life being happy, feeling heard and understanding that they matter.

Erika has experience providing mental health treatment in a variety of settings including a family shelter in the Bronx, a women’s shelter in Suffolk County and a skilled nursing facility. She has worked with families and individuals to provide therapy, workshops, and guided group meditations to people with varying diagnoses ranging from ages 10-65+.

Specialties

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Trained
  • Trauma Focused

Additional certifications

  • DBT Foundational Training with Behavioral Tech, 2022
  • CAMS Certification, 2022
  • Treating Emotional Avoidance in Stage 1 DBT: Using Informal Exposure Strategies, 2022
  • SIFI Certification, 2022

Education

  • Fordham University, Bronx NY, Masters in Social Work, 2019
  • Molloy College, Rockville Centre NY, Bachelors in Social Work, 2018
  • Nassau Community College, Garden City NY, Associates in Human Services, Sociology and Anthropology, 2016