Licensed Independent Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients Wednesday and Thursday daytimes
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- College and academic issues
- Anxiety and depression
- Couples counseling
- Relationship challenges
- Existential challenges
- Substance use
Erica Eckman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in downtown Boston. Erica has deep expertise in college-related challenges, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, and couples issues. Prior to starting her private practice, Erica worked at the Emerson College Counseling Center and the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. Erica continues to see college students and clients with eating disorders in her private practice as well as couples and adults, taking a collaborative approach to care.
In her practice, Erica combines the use of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Psychoanalytic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Relational therapy, Supportive therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Having traveled extensively, she brings her worldview into her practice to guide, motivate, and encourage her clients towards healthier lives.
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Erica is not in-network with any insurances.
- Individual sessions: $150/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $125 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Erica can submit claims for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It takes courage and motivation to initiate therapy. My goal is to make this experience as seamless and comfortable as possible. Through this process of exploration and curiosity of oneself, it is my hope that you will find relief from the challenges which bring you into my office and that you will feel empowered and unburdened by the complexities and stressors of life."
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Position, 2004 - present
Emerson College Counseling Center, 2004 - 2011
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, 2004 - 2006
Smith College, MSW, 1999
University of Massachusetts, BA, 1996