Erik Anderson

Fully-licensed Multitheoretical

Psychotherapist and Educator


My approach to therapy is integrative and person centered, - I am trained and certified in experiential and transformative therapies such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). I  weave in  insight-oriented talk therapy and relational interventions, as well as DBT/ACT skills in hopes of providing a meaningful therapeutic experience for those I work for. I aim to co-create a space for healing and resilience rooted in the continual pursuit of multicultural competent counseling through social justice frameworks.

Relevant Experience

University of Michigan ('16 - current)
-Faculty & Staff Counselor,
Office of Counseling & Workplace Resilience, ('19- current)
-Embedded Therapist in College of Engineering, CAPS, ('16 - 19)

Eastern Michigan University ('15 - current)
Part-Time Lecturer, Instructed:
-SWRK 317 Foundations of Interpersonal Practice
-SWRK 318 Practice 1: Skill Integration Seminar
-SWRK 653 Dynamics and Practice of Chemical Dependency Services

Dawn Farm Community of Programs
Outpatient Therapist ('13 - '16)
Volunteer Trauma Therapist ('16-Current)

Licensure, Certifications and Selected Trainings
LMSW Clinical Specialty - Licence 6801095470
CAADC certified - C-02920
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant
IATP - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2
IFS Institute Trained (Level I & Level 2)
AEDP Institute Trained (Immersion & ES 1)
Gottman Method Trained (Level 1 & Level 2)

Master's of Social Work, Wayne State University
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Michigan
View Resume



While working with clients undergoing treatment for alcohol and other drug addiction, I applied EMDR to help treat both small and big T traumas. Currently I am in the process of obtaining EMDRIA certification, 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.


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



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 has been helpful in addressing clients’ painful traumatic experiences. Whether these experiences are isolated or more complex, EMDR has been helpful in facilitating 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've found EMDR to be helpful in helping clients access and process memory stored in the body.


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.


I use the ACT elements of thought diffusion, mindfulness and willingness to facilitate client's creation of space between themselves and their symptoms.

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.


AEDP is a psychotherapeutic approach based on the idea that deep, viscerally felt affective experiences have the inherent capacity to rapidly and comprehensively transform people. I facilitate this through being an actively engaged, emotionally attuned, empathic, affirming therapist. Together co-create an experience  to process emotions deemed too overwhelming to face.


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

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