Erin Seiner-Chapman, MA, LPCC

erin@affinitypsych.com

Hello! I am a licensed professional clinical counselor. I am a South Dakota native who graduated with a BA in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and received my MA in Community Counseling from University of South Dakota. I am truly passionate about helping others through the process of therapy. I have 10 years of therapy experience working in a variety of treatment settings from private practice, residential treatment, hospital and outpatient programs. I enjoy working with children, teens and adults. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy.

How I Work

I value a collaborative approach where a client can feel both connected and challenged in their work. Starting therapy is a courageous process and I believe it’s important to develop a safe, confidential and professional connection. I was trained in Adlerian therapy which values a strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. This allows client the space to share, develop insight and put that insight to work in their life. I believe that both reason and emotion play a part in our life and for this reason I value a person-centered approach which focuses on emotion and a cognitive behavioral approach which focuses on our thoughts. I believe it is important to find balance in both in our daily lives.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I believe I have a graceful ability to connect with other humans in a way that is authentic. I’m the type of therapist who will validate the space you are in, because sometimes it is okay to not be okay. And on the flip side I will continue to push you to live a whole-hearted life. Even if that means finding your gratitude in the smallest places. What I love about my job is the change I see for clients when the gears begin to shift. There is a moment when clients begin to allow themselves to think about things in a different light. To have hope that things can get better, or that they will get through the space they are in. Life has taught me that no one can “make us feel” a certain way. We get to chose how we think about a situation and feelings will follow. Working with me I hope to challenge you to allow yourself to shift your thinking and explore your feelings. After all, a negative mind never leads to a positive life.

Issues I Treat:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem, self-confidence, self-compassion
  • Negative thinking and core belief work
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Relationship issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Children, Teens, and Young Adults
  • Individuals, Couples, & Families
  • Worriers
  • Students
  • Those struggling with self-doubt and low self-esteem
  • LGBTQI+ communities
  • People in need of teletherapy (video therapy) services

Professional background:

Education

  • Master’s in Community Counseling – University of South Dakota
  • BA in Psychology – Minnesota State University, Moorehead

Trainings

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rising Strong – Brene Brown Training on Vulnerability
  • DBT Skills
  • Breathwork, Attention, and Mindfulness
  • Theraplay Institute, Introductory to Theraplay and MIM
  • Learning and Applying New Skills to Treat the Most Difficult Eating Disorders
  • LGBT Affirmative Therapy
  • ACT Model & Approach & Developing ACT Skills
  • Obesity Symposium
  • Power of Play Therapy Workshop
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals

Previous Employment

  • The Emily Program, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Stronghold Counseling Services
  • Children’s Home Society
  • The Village Family Service Center
  • Sanford Health Eating Disorders Unit

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LPCC #cc01234