Erin Berk, LPC

Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

ATR, LPC

I have been a therapist for 23 years and truly love what I do. It takes courage to reach out for support.

Client Status

not accepting clients

Contact

9712229290

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $140-$160

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2001

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • PacificSource
  • Providence Health Plan
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My Approach to Helping

I help my clients to develop stronger coping skills while gaining a greater sense of peace in their lives. The work of therapy is to reconnect you with your long-lost feelings. We repair in relating, because this is how the disconnects got there to begin with. We do talk and listen, or utilize art therapy---but we privilege emotion and emotional truth – beginning with the vital little glints of core feeling that might accompany what you say. The wonderful and strange thing – the experience of feeling these disowned feelings is very different from what you might imagine at the outset. These feelings feel good, not bad, are good, not bad. This is because they feel true. Connecting to what’s emotionally true can be calming, vitalizing, and energizing. And when you begin to inhabit yourself in this new way, you feel an “ok-ness yourself” that's yours to keep.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My approach to therapy is tailored to you: you set the pace, I guide, and we find our direction together. We all have a comfort zone, and you’ll notice I’m very respectful of yours. Our ultimate goal is to understand that comfort zone, and – gently – to expand it in the direction of health. Our very first task is to understand what it is that’s brought you to seek help right now, and what inner change you are hoping for in treatment. You may know what you don’t want to be feeling – anxious, at odds with your partner, or depressed – but what is it that you do want to feel that you can’t feel now? Do that you just can’t do now? As lousy as you may be feeling at the outset, it’s helpful to find a clear focus rooted in your core values – the things that make you, you, the things the un-anxious, un-depressed, un-distressed you loves to do. In finding our focus, we may touch on the core feelings you’d like to reach for again: joy, curiosity, and ease.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Family Systems External link

    Each person in a family impacts each other. Family Therapy is not only for people with small children. I specialize in helping adult members of families to improve their communication and resolve conflicts. The goal is to teach family members skills to work through their long standing dysfunctional patterns, to deepen their family connections.

  • Existential External link

    Sometimes life's struggles will test your ability to find meaning of the suffering that your personal life's challenges hold. I will help guide you through your own life process of transforming your fears, needs and desires towards acceptance and greater peace...this process can be done through art therapy or talk therapy--or both.

  • Art Therapy External link

    Art therapy can be a vehicle , a catalyst which can propel you into accessing feelings and thoughts that may become blocked through our ability to intellectualize or suppress. Children, teens ,adults who want to ' uncover' new insights which can then- be discussed with the therapist--can propel you into deeper parts of yourself through the creative process. No art experience necessary!

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Women's Issues External link

    I enjoy working with women around areas of Personal growth, self exploration, issues around self esteem, body image issues, parenting and family relationships, and transitions of all kinds. I utilize art therapy and counseling to help deepen personal awareness of' limitations' that are holding you back from enjoying your life .

  • Loss or Grief External link

    'Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling --art or verbal therapy, can facilitate expression of emotion and help to reduce the feelings of isolation, numbness and distress, by slowly processing feelings that arise.

  • Depression External link

    I work with adults, teens, who are seeking relief from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, poor self-assertion skills, identity issues, life stress--- such as death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, career change. Depression is real. Suffering can feel incapacitating. Therapy is one step in the right direction to helping yourself feel alive again and fully connected.

  • Personal Growth External link

    “How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” ― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

  • Child or Adolescent Issues External link

    Youth today face an ever-growing number of challenges. From family stress, school deadlines, social pressures. If left to spiral, these can result in them suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, and relational difficulties. Therapy can help support your teen cope with life stress in a creative and interactive approach.

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