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 help them learn to rely on more functional methods to reduce and tolerate distress.
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 is also integrating somatic, EMDR, and expressive arts interventions in her work with clients at Resilience & Transformation Psychotherapy Center.
· 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).
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 and is studying somatic psychotherapy techniques to add to her therapy toolbox.
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.