A Bit About Me
Hello! My name is Erica Phillips, and I am a pre-licensed Resident in Counseling in the State of Virginia. I have been working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations centered in the field of social work and behavioral mental health counseling for the past 20 years. I started my career in the private sector, working with private therapeutic agencies, and later transitioned to working with city and state agencies. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work from Norfolk State University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
My education, training, and experience at these two vastly different institutions, as well as my family military family background, have afforded me the chance to work with and surround myself with a diverse group of individuals. And what I have learned is that despite our many differing cultural, spiritual, or socioeconomic backgrounds and political beliefs, as humans, we all still face the same everyday challenges in our careers, our pursuit of love, our pursuit of social belonging, and our pursuit of happiness. I am here to normalize this shared process and help keep you encouraged during difficult times.
I love creating spaces for my clients where they can be heard, feel seen, are validated, and are held accountable for negative thinking patterns that are not serving their best interests. Life is complex, and we could all use a support system to help us navigate the complex issues we face while Adulting. Our mental health is just like our cars; sometimes, we need a tune-up. If you have been feeling less like yourself, unmotivated, anxious, or experiencing low levels of energy and possible depression, I am here to help.
I utilize a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) approach, which simply means that I will help you foster a better understanding of the brain-body connection as it relates to your mood and negative self-talk. I will offer you a space to process using talk therapy, but I will also help teach you tangible skills and techniques that will help improve and boost your mood.
I incorporate meditation, music therapy, and other somatic-related techniques to support your mental health. I am also EMDR trained. If you think we could be a good fit, reach out to schedule a consultation, and let’s discuss this further! Either way, kudos to you for taking the time to prioritize your mental health.