Emily Erickson

Emily Erickson, MSW, LICSW

emily.erickson@affinitypsych.com

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have worked with Adults (18-60+) around issues of abuse, trauma, anxiety, relationship, sexual health and well-being. In my work with clients, I value connection and collaboration. My approach is holistic and non-pathologizing.

I’m a hearty Minnesotan who hates the indirectness and social exclusion of the Midwest, but embraces all the nature the state has to offer. I’ve got a goal of visiting every state park and maybe even winter camping one day. Fun fact, I’m usually reading 2-3 books at once and will squeal with delight at anything mini-sized.

How I Work

Are you feeling stuck in your head? Do you feel disconnected from yourself or others and find yourself hiding the innermost parts of yourself? On the outside, you may appear you’ve got everything together, but on the inside you feel inadequate, not worthy, or unlovable. Have you found yourself tearing up at “inner child” TikToks?

You’re feeling ready to dig into the “tough stuff” from your past- maybe you’ve talked about these experiences before but are ready to feel differently about them. Or maybe you haven’t told anyone, but feel ready now.

You’re wanting to better understand yourself and live more authentically. You want to connect more deeply with people in your life and find (or discover) your light again.

If this resonates with your experience, I can help.

My clinical approach is guided by my training as a clinical social worker, my lived experience as a queer, cisgender white woman, and my professional experiences as a sexual assault advocate and sex educator. I approach this work through a strengths-based lens. I believe you have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom inherently inside you and are your own best expert.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

My presence – I care deeply about my clients and strive for you to feel deeply listened to and understood. I create a non-judgmental, safe, and reflective space for you to bring your most authentic and vulnerable self.

Addressing the deep stuff in therapy takes courage. I know this because I witness it daily from my clients, and I engage in my own therapy and know how it feels to be on the other side of the couch (or screen).

I see my clients within the larger systems of our society. Systems of oppression like capitalism, racism, and cis-hetero-patriarchy (and many others) disconnect us from ourselves and our communities. While therapy can’t address all aspects of oppression, I work to empower myself and my clients to challenge the systems of oppression around and within them.

Issues I Treat:

  • Abuse and Assault History
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Life Changes/Adjustments
  • Childhood Neglect, Trauma, and Abuse
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Family of Origin Challenges
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Self Esteem
  • Identity Exploration
  • Grief and Loss
  • Reclaiming Sexual Desire and Pleasure after Trauma

Populations I Serve:

  • Victim/Survivors of Abuse and Trauma
  • Individual Adults
  • College Students
  • Young Adults
  • LGBTQIA+ Folks
  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Professional background:

Education

  • MSW, St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN
  • BA, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, Social Justice and Gender Studies

Trainings

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDR Institute, Inc.
  • Grief Counseling and Therapy, University of St. Thomas
  • Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy, University of St. Thomas
  • Holistic Sexuality Training, The Smitten Kitten
  • Sexual Assault Advocate Training, Sexual Violence Center and SOS of Ramsey County
  • Helping Trauma Survivors Reclaim Sexual Wellbeing (Presentor)

Previous Employment

  • myHealth for Teens and Young Adults
  • Center for Well-Being, University of St. Thomas

Licensure

  • MN, LICSW #28157