Erin Sharp, MS, LMFT

Erin Sharp, MS, LMFT

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who earned her Master of Human Development/Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.  She has worked with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in military and civilian settings since 2012, and previously served as an ordained Pastor in varied and multicultural settings.  She has also given talks and led workshops in the community on parenting and relationships.

 

Erin’s specialties are working with couples, families, and trauma.  She has utilized her training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, along with other effective couples therapy approaches like CBT and EFT to help many couples.  She has worked with parents and families to manage distressing dynamics and relationships, approaching them with compassion and the competence of being grounded in Bowen Family Systems, Structural, Strategic, and Narrative therapy.  Even when meeting with an individual, Erin has kept the larger system a client is intimately connected to in mind.  She has helped individuals dealing with OCD, hoarding, social and generalized anxiety, depression, and a variety of situational and developmental issues.  For these sessions, she has drawn from CBT, DBT, IFS, and Mindfulness, as well as the client’s own faith and spirituality.  She is also trained in EMDR, an empirically proven treatment for PTSD.  She has used this for both single incident trauma, such as assaults or accidents, and complex trauma.

 

Erin approaches treatment with understanding and encouragement, with a client-centered and strengths-based assumption.  She believes that “the 8 Cs” of Internal Family Systems – confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and connectedness – are the key to therapeutic change and she has committed to offering that to her clients.

 

When Erin is not working with clients, she enjoys activities with her family (she now has a teenager in the house!), swimming, crocheting, cross stitch, and gardening.