Erin Beecher, MSW, LICSW

erin.beecher@affinitypsych.com

Hi, there! My name is Erin (she/her), and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, and my master’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago. I work with children (age 2+), adolescents, adults, and families. I specialize in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and trauma. We might be a good fit if you’re new to therapy and unsure where to start, facing a stressful time in life, or if you are a parent needing support with your child.

How I Work

As a therapist, I strongly believe in an approach focusing on building a trusting relationship, working with your unique strengths, and helping people feel empowered in their lives. I provide a grounding place to start for those who are feeling lost. I like to begin by learning as much as I can about you and your needs, and working together to create a plan of action that is tailored to you.

In my work with kids, I keep in mind the wise words of Mr. Rogers, “for children, play is serious learning.” I use play therapy and join in kids’ interests to help them explore and express feelings, relationships, behavioral challenges, and more. In parent-child sessions, we’ll dive into the “why” behind challenges you’re experiencing as a family. I’ll provide insights to your child’s developmental needs, and we can work as a team to find new ways of communicating and interacting that feel right for you. It takes a lot of courage to seek out help when you need it, and I know it can be hard to trust someone with the most sensitive parts of your life. I will bring warmth, compassion, and at least a little bit of silliness to sessions to help you or your child feel safe and understood.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

My background working with autistic clients has helped me tune in to people’s sensory needs. If you feel most comfortable with soft lighting, need to move your body, or like keeping your hands busy with fidgets, I’ll make sure these accommodations are available so you can feel at-ease and supported in our sessions. I have no reservations when it comes to play therapy – whether that entails talking in a pirate voice or having a jumping-jacks contest, you can be sure that I will do whatever it takes to meet your child where they’re at to help them process the things they are going through. I love to nerd out on fantasy books, my plants, and everything there is to know about dogs – I can’t wait to learn about all the things that make you excited about life, too!

Issues I Treat:

  • Relationship struggles
  • Parent-child-family relationships
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Developmental delays
  • Behavioral issues
  • Attachment
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress and adjusting to new challenges in life

Populations I Serve:

  • Children 0-17
  • Adults
  • Parent-child
  • Autistic kids and adults
  • Kids or adults involved in the foster care system
  • Disabled folks
  • Those interested in telehealth

Professional background:

Education

  • Master of Social Work – Loyola University Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Trainings

  • Greenspan-Floortime Level 1 and 2 Training
  • Deescalation training (Ukeru and CPI nonviolent crisis intervention)
  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Level 1 Training
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Previous Employment

  • · St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, Minnetonka, MN
  • UCAN, Chicago, IL

Licensure

  • Minnesota, LICSW, #27799