Erin Braden understands how important the right fit is between therapist and client. She seeks to build a safe and supportive space for growth and collaboration in her sessions. Erin believes that coping strategies serve a purpose. She strives to help clients grow their repertoire of strategies to help them learn to rely on more functional methods to reduce and tolerate distress. Erin uses her EMDR and Somatic tools to reduce clients distress triggers and overall help them feel more emotionally balanced and whole.
Erin is a very open-minded practitioner and currently employs a range of counseling theories, often incorporating cognitive behavioral interventions while using Multicultural, Feminist, and Psychodynamic theories as a frame of reference. Erin integrates EMDR, expressive arts and somatic psychotherapy interventions in her work with clients at Resilience & Transformation Psychotherapy Center.
Erin is also the 2021 President of the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling and is passionate about helping clients with issues related to racial trauma and identity.
· Anxiety disorders, (including OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder)
· Mood disorders
· Relationship issues
· Gender and sexual orientation
· Intimacy Issues
· Attachment issues
· Career issues
· Autism spectrum
Erin completed her master’s degree in counseling at Northwestern University, with a concentration in Child and Adolescent therapy. Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in the state of Illinois.
Erin graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s of arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and a concentration in African American and African Diaspora Studies.
Erin is expanding her training in trauma-focused therapies and human sexuality issues. Erin is fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is recommended for PTSD treatment by the Veterans Administration and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Erin has also completed Classes 1, 2 and 3 of the Beginning Year of Somatic Experiencing® training and is continuing to take classes in somatic psychotherapy.
Erin is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, CPR and Handle with Care. Erin is also fluent in conversational Spanish. Erin is a yoga practitioner herself and continues to grow in her yoga practice.
Prior to joining RTPC, Erin completed an internship at a large group practice. She has worked as a graduate assistant at Northwestern University and as a Pediatric Behavior Therapist at a group practice specializing in treating clients on the Autism spectrum. Erin also has experience working with adult clients experiencing depression, anxiety and trauma and clients identifying as LGBTQI.
Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor: 178.016397