- Orange County
Erika Lin, LMFT
A driving force in Erika’s decision to pursue a career in Behavioral Health was growing up in an immigrant family and seeing her parents’ struggles with refugee trauma play out in everyday life. Her parents were faced with the challenges of social and financial hardships which led to issues of domestic violence and alcoholism. As a result, Erika grew up as a scared an anxious child. In college, Erika chose to major in psychology to better understand herself and her family. Psychology helped establish tools for coping with patterns from her childhood that played out in adulthood. Erika wanted to continue to help others in that understanding and learning about themselves and their families to foster change.
Erika’s philosophy when working with her patients is to help them build a healthy relationship with themselves. The first step to help people change and grow is to have a safe and non-judgmental space to learn and explore their history and recognizing how their past has shaped them into the person they are today. From there, they can recognize patterns and themes that play out in daily life and how to work to change these patterns. She also has a passion for systems therapy, in that to create long lasting change, it is important to help the individual work with their environment (family, significant people in a person’s life, work, school).
Erika is passionate about working with people who need support with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and domestic violence. She also specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families.
When working with Erika you will see she strives to make the therapeutic space a safe, inviting, and nonjudgmental place in order to foster a therapeutic alliance.