About Me

I'm a San Francisco native, dog-lover, painter, writer, depression and anxiety survivor, yoga teacher, surfer, and nature enthusiast. I value connection, inner reflection, playfulness, honesty, collaboration, and creating a life of balance and purpose.

 

I have an educational background in English Literature and a professional background in Education as a credentialed Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Bay Area schools. I received my Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

My Philosophy

You are a multi-faceted, complex, BEAUTIFUL human being and therapy is a chance to rediscover and reclaim your sense of wholeness and vitality. In our sessions, I aim to create a warm, peaceful space where you feel comfortable and safe, a place where you feel able to listen to your truth and be fully YOU.

 

My approach is holistic: I focus on all dimensions of your experience — cognitive, energetic, physical, emotional, and spiritual. In our work, I utilize Relational, Gestalt, Transpersonal, Somatic, and Psychodynamic therapies as lenses to help facilitate inquiries into your experience and I infuse our work with mindfulness exercises, guided visual meditations, and opportunities for creative expression to support the process. I am your witness, mentor, coach, comrade, compass, and companion along this inner exploration. My highest priority is to be attuned to you. 

My Path

I graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I trained as a therapist at the Church Street Integral Counseling Center, which specializes in Gestalt and Existential therapy. I completed the Level 1 TRM Training with the Trauma Resource Institute and am certified in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). 

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In addition to my private practice, I served as a therapist at Lowell High School through SFUSD's Student Intervention Team Program. I am passionate about supporting educators and students. This passion has led me to be on the leadership team for Breathe For Change, an organization that empowers educators to cultivate wellness practices, for themselves, their students, school communities, and beyond. I also volunteer with the non-profit organizations Groundswell Community Project, a creative community that allows women to embrace healing and empowerment through engagement with each other, the ocean, and the arts, and MeWater Foundation which introduces at-risk youth to surfing as a form of trauma resiliency.

Erica Edwards, LMFT #106656

(415) 680-3213

ericaedwardstherapy@gmail.com

2856 Diamond Street

San Francisco, CA 94131

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