Intervention: The act or fact or a method of interfering with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
I am not suppose to like adults, authority figures, and most especially drug counselors! But, Erica made it too hard… She’s so damn likable and so funny, it’s impossible not to talk to with her or open up about what’s going on in your life. I swear there’s something magical about her…I walked away from every session thinking ‘How the hell did she get me to say all that?’ You got to love her and hate her. Erica is the only counselor I have ever worked with that could tell me all the crap I didn’t want to hear and I could still walk away thinking she’s really got my back and is looking out for me. I hate all the hard work she’s made me do and all the tough things she’s forced me to deal with…but I love her for trying so hard and never giving up on me.
She’s a smarty! I would lie and she’d catch me every time! Got so sick of getting caught I thought… ‘Hey, I should just give this therapy thing a try cause my parents are spending all this money anyway.’ Glad I did…I never realized how much anger I had bottled up inside of me and how much I was pushing everything good away. I have become a lot more open about how I feel and a lot more willing to create my own happiness. Erica taught me all this and my mom couldn’t be happier.
My marriage had been in turmoil for years before we sought counseling. My wife and I came to Erica as a last resort and, in truth, were likely seeking validation that divorce was inevitable. Surprising, Erica taught us how to communicate. She literally taught my wife and I not only how to not only hear, but listen one another. She further taught us how to love and appreciate each other in a whole new way. The concepts were so simple, yet it was one of the most challenging experiences of my life…She saved my marriage and my children by giving my wife and I the skills, insight, and wisdom to make our marriage work. She is fabulous.
After years of lying, stealing, dealing, manipulating, and scheming, I finally met someone who said ‘No more’ and called me out on everything. I found that Erica helped me get to the center of all the things I had been needing to say and just didn’t know how. I put in all out there. Spilled my guts on the floor and surprisingly, there was no horror, no rejection, no judgment, no threats, no calls to parents or probation officers… nothing but comfort and reassurance. Call it inspiration maybe…but I actually thought my life could get better and that there might be something likable about me. Erica helped me realize those thoughts, to make them more real, and more a part of my daily life. She saw I was a good kid when nobody else did.
Erica has been a nagging pain in the butt. For all the times I didn’t want to talk and she beguiled me…All the times I didn’t want to cry and she consoled me…All the times I didn’t want to laugh and she baited me…All the times I didn’t want to stop using and she challenged me…All the times I didn’t want to go to school and she inspired me…She tricked me into becoming a responsible person…damn her! Now I have a good relationship with my parents, am doing well in college, and am clean…How boring! : )
Just when I thought I had fired every therapist in the area, I met Erica and thought… ‘Hummm… she might be worth a try.’ I had been in therapy for the last eight years and I had never felt challenged or understood. But Erica saw right through me and that was a first! I was actually a bit afraid, but there was something comforting in thinking someone might really see and understand what I was all about. She helped me get to know myself, to understand myself, and like myself again. She has been an inspiration to me and has taught me so many valuable lessons that I will take with me throughout my life.
There is a sense that all is well with the world when Erica is present in a room with you. There is a spiritual and vivacious energy that is always present and always comforting and safe. Her love of her work and of people is evident in every aspect…we can all be inspired by her optimism and genuine affection for people.
In a time where I thought I couldn’t have been more frightened and alone…I found comfort from a warm and wonderfully, compassionate woman, who helped me face my fears and myself. When alcohol and drugs took everything from me, I felt that my life was destined to be a living hell of my own choosing. Erica has been my angel. I will never forget all she has done for me or how she has empowered me to change my life.
After several visits to the ER, physicians, cardiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists….I had my first visit with Erica, who took the time to talk with me, to get to know me, and explain my anxiety. She helped me gain insight into my condition. She gave it a name. She told me I wasn’t alone. I felt like for the first time things finally made sense and that I wasn’t crazy or a complete lunatic. She showed me the respect and compassion I had not been shown by all the others and I will always love and appreciate her for that. She helped me become a better wife and mother to my children and we are all incredibly thankful.