I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, and my clinical approach in working with you is heavily informed by social justice, feminist, multicultural, and contextual theories which focus on the importance of a relationship being grounded in mutual respect, a sense of shared purpose, and movement toward clarity, growth, and possibility. With that in mind, I typically do not approach our work together from the traditional medical model where problems addressed in therapy are viewed as pathology and the psychotherapist is positioned as the "expert." I understand that YOU are the expert on your experience and my role is to help you explore the answers and manifest the changes that are already inside you waiting to be realized. My job is to offer you information based on my clinical knowledge, experience, and training that may be useful to you in finding these answers and creating these changes. I am here to help you notice possible blind spots in your journey of uncovering because sometimes when we are too close to a situation (it's happening to us or is a part of our past) we need an extra pair of eyes and ears to help us sort it out and create meaning. Sometimes we need extra support to help us arrive at more difficult answers to the areas of our life that are harder to accept. It is my deep privilege to be a part of your therapy journey and offer you a caring space to reflect, explore, and create meaningful change in your life.
I have a Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Illinois, where I first obtained my LPC in 2004. I also have a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since relocating to PA in 2006, I have enjoyed my clinical work in the following positions and organizations: EMDR Clinician (New Beginnings Program) and Individual/Group Psychotherapist at the Women's Therapy Center; Life Resource Counselor at United Behavioral Health; Psychotherapist at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Trauma Services Department; Psychotherapist at the Joseph J. Peters Institute, Child and Adolescent Program; and Group Psychotherapist at the Joseph J. Peters Institute, Adult Program. My clinical work in IL included Director of Social Work Services at the Evanston Community Defender's Office and Clinician at Cognitive Behavioral Solutions Group Practice.
In addition to my private practice, I am a Clinical Supervisor at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia (formerly known as Women's Therapy Center), where I oversee and support the development and facilitation of our group therapy program and provide individual and group supervision to the staff psychotherapists, students, and interns. I am also a Clinical Instructor at Drexel University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I teach courses related to group psychotherapy and group dynamics with a focus on the centrality of an experiential component to student learning.
Erin O'Brien ReachesPhiladelphia PA