LMSW, CAADC

Erik Anderson

Fully-licensed Multitheoretical

Psychotherapist and Educator

ABOUT

My approach to therapy is integrative - I utilize elements of 3rd-wave CBT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Dialectical Behavior Therapy), as well as EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and insight-oriented talk therapy in hopes of providing a personalized therapeutic experience for every client's needs and background.

Relevant Experience
- Embedded Counselor at University of Michigan Counseling and Psychology Services, College of Engineering ('16 - current)
- Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University ('15 - current)
- Subject Matter Expert, IC&RC ('15 - '16)
- Outpatient Therapist, Dawn Farm ('13 - '16)

Certifications and Training

- EMDR certified therapist
- EMDRIA Approved Consultant
- IFS trained (level 1 & 2)
- CAADC certified C-02920
- LMSW Clinical Specialty 6801095470

Education:
Master's of Social Work, Wayne State University
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Michigan
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WORK EXPERIENCE

Trauma 



While working with clients undergoing treatment for alcohol and other drug addiction, I applied EMDR to help treat both small and big T traumas. I am an EMDRIA certified therapist and an Approved Consultant, and in addition to helping my current clientele with trauma issues I am also serving as a volunteer trauma clinician at Dawn Farms, a local substance abuse treatment facility.

Addiction



I have over three years of experience working with clients who have addictions to alcohol, drugs and other substances. I've worked with clients in one-on-one sessions, facilitated group treatment and conducted trainings for the local community on methods to treat substance use.

Men's Issues



While working with male clients I've found that working through mindsets like stoicism and perfectionism can be helpful for men to have a fuller enjoyment of their lives.

College Counseling



While working at the University of Michigan's Counseling and Psychology Services, I've gained experience in helping young clients through the transitional period of emerging adulthood. As over two-thirds of my clientele were from minority backgrounds and many were new to counseling, I utilized a variety of non-traditional approaches beyond talk therapy, such as IFS and EMDR.

Gender & Identity



Coming to terms with one's own gender identity can be a difficult process when a supportive environment is lacking, and I've worked with clients in helping gain more confidence and peace with their definition of their gender.

Anxiety disorders



I've worked with clients with anxiety disorders to gain a better understanding of their relationship with their thoughts and emotions. In this way they learn how to maintain a sense of self during moments of anxiety without having to continuously try to overcome their anxieties.
"Erik is one of the best employees I have ever had. If he were a chemistry experiment he would be equal parts passion, compassion, skill, integrity and professionalism. This rare combination of traits is what sets him apart from others. Both our clients and I wish he still worked with our organization."

Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC
Dawn Farm Outpatient Coordinator

APPROACHES

IFS



Using the Internal Family Systems model allows me to facilitate inner work with clients' parts or subpersonalities in a gentle and systematic manner. Through developing curiosity, self-compassion, and trust with their parts, people are able to unburden painful beliefs, sensations, and emotions associated with issues like addictive process, eating concerns, perfectionism, shame, anxiety, and depression.

EMDR



EMDR is helpful in addressing clients’ painful traumatic experiences. Whether these experiences are isolated or more complex, EMDR can facilitate the reprocessing of  trauma memories in safe and effective way. Because traumatic memory can affect the parts of the brain that aren't particularly verbal or analytical, I use EMDR to help clients access and process memory stored in the body.

DBT



At Dawn Farms I was part of a group of clinicians who called ourselves the DBT Evangelists, and our mission was to educate our organization about DBT. We held regular trainings to help other clinicians to learn how to use DBT for our clients, and I led a number of workshops on topics such as Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation.

AEDP



I use Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) to undo aloneness in the therapy session and help heal attachment trauma and emotional suffering.

12-step facilitation



For 3 years I facilitated 12-step recovery groups at Dawn Farms, and have helped clients from a wide range of backgrounds achieve success within the 12-step model.

MI



Motivational Interviewing is often integral in my work with clients, whether they want to change their addictive behaviors or their study habits in college.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

EMDR Training Assistant
EMDR Basic Training 
Ann Arbor, MI, April-October 2018

Workshop Facilitator, University of Michigan
Seminar on Vicarious Trauma 
Ann Arbor, MI, February 2016

Presenter, Dawn Farm Education Series
Relapse prevention: Willpower to behavioral economics
Ann Arbor, MI, February 2017
Ann Arbor, MI, February 2016
Ann Arbor, MI, June 2015
Ann Arbor, MI, June 2014

Guest Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Social Work 680
Trauma and Addiction Treatment
Ypsilanti, MI, June 2016

EMDR
Ypsilanti, MI, June 2016

Guest Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Social Work 653
Recovery Maintenance Interventions
Ypsilanti, MI, November, 2014

Presenter, MAADAC Spring Conference 
Relapse prevention: From Gorski to behavioral economics
Plymouth, MI, May 2016

Presenter, NASW-Michigan Annual Conference
Relapse prevention: From Gorski to behavioral economics
Lansing, MI, March 2016

Presenter, Dawn Farm 
Behavioral Chain Analysis and Relapse Prevention
Ann Arbor, MI, November 2015

DBT-Interpersonal Effectiveness in SUD Treatment
Ann Arbor, MI, August 2015

DBT-Emotion Regulation in Addiction Treatment
Ann Arbor, MI, June 2015

DBT-Distress Tolerance in Addiction Treatment
Ann Arbor, MI, April 2015

DBT-Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment
Ann Arbor, MI, February 2015

DBT-Interpersonal Effectiveness in Addiction Treatment
Ann Arbor, MI, October 2014

Guest, Recovered Podcast
Choosing a Treatment Facility

May 2014

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