Erica Gebhart, LICSW - Therapist in East Greenwich, RI

Erica Gebhart

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Teenagers (16 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults

Specialties & expertise

  • Finding direction in life
  • Self-compassion and self-acceptance
  • Self-discovery
  • Life coaching
  • Trauma and shame
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Existential challenges
  • Academic issues

Professional statement

Erica Gebhart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Life Coach focusing on helping individuals through their journey of self-exploration, healing, and self-love. She supports young adults and professionals through their journey to find meaning and direction in work and personal life through self-exploration and self-compassion.

Erica supports individuals through emotionally transformational work, including self-compassion, mind/body techniques for anxiety work, trauma recovery skills, shame resiliency, inner child work, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. An important part of her practice is helping her clients develop intuition and the ability to listen to one's inner voice to lead them in the direction they want to live.

Erica received her MSW from Boston University and her BA in Psychology from Keene State College.


Specialties

Anxiety and depression – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias, overall sadness, crying a lot, a “don’t care” attitude, living on autopilot
Finding meaning and direction in life – Feeling lost, confused about career and big picture of life, indecisive, overwhelmed, getting pressure from family and friends to make changes
Self-compassion and self-acceptance – A tool that’s needed to build connection to self when one is being hard on self, judging yourself. You may be regretful of past choices and events and fearful of making the right decisions.
Self-discovery – Afraid of learning more about self and what you may find out, we will work slowly to learn about yourself in a compassionate and open way
Trauma and shame – There may be unexplained sadness, pain and anxiety. There may be a resistance or inability to make changes and unsure why. You may know what you need to do to change but unsure how to make the changes, and unsure what’s holding you back from making the change.

General expertise

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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Providence College
  • Tufts
  • United Health
  • RISD Student Insurance
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $120/session
  • Ongoing sessions: $90/session

Therapist's note: Erica can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Message to clients

"When you start to realize your life is not going as planned, that you encounter a hurdle or a brick wall and feel stuck and alone, I can help you see the way through it. It may take some hard work and digging deep within yourself, but I can give you the approach and blueprint for happiness and fulfillment."

For individuals questioning direction and meaning: "I believe one of the key elements of transformational work includes the questions we ask. We may be a good fit (really, a perfect fit), if you are asking these questions:

  • What's the meaning of my life?
  • How do I make an impact on the world? ...am I making an impact?
  • What's going to make me happy in my life? ...How am I going to be happy?
  • Is my life on track? Am I falling behind?
  • How do I develop a loving self-image?
  • How do I develop healthy relationships?
  • Is there something more to life?"

Treatment approaches

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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (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)


Education and work experience

Private Practice, Therapist, 2012 - Present
Justice Resource Institute Outpatient Clinic, 2007 - 2014
Children's Friend and Service, Intern, 2006 - 2007

Boston University, Master of Social Work, 2008
Keene State College, Bachelor of Psychology, 2006


Languages

English


Client testimonials

Erica helped me to find myself again. Through our visits, I have learned to trust my voice, own my story, and be my own version of brave. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a safe place to go and work through the ups and downs of life.
— Female in her late 20's (2017)
I have been working with Erica for over five years and she has helped me with my anxiety. I am much more self-aware and mindful than I used to be, and I use her helpful tips daily to rationalize my thinking and stay grounded.
— Young marketing professional in Providence (2017)
She really listens to me when I’m talking and knows how to communicate with me without making me feel weird or uncomfortable. For someone who has never done therapy before she made me feel right at home and has so much eye opening information for me and finds a why to open my mind every time we meet.
— Kindhearted, generous, and truthful person (2017)
Erica is great! She has helped me in the past year tremendously. She is very friendly, nonjudgmental and patient. She has taught me to care for myself and learn what my needs are, to check in with myself to be aware of how I’m feeling and where I’m feeling emotions in my body. She has taught me how to calm my mind and body down and get myself to a more neutral emotion/ feeling when I’m really overwhelmed. I’ve learned I can’t control everything and to let things go or be as they are and to be comfortable with them that way. I’ve learned to be more positive and mindful. I was afraid of going to therapy and let Erica know my fears about it and she answered my questions and made me feel comfortable.
— Mid-20 year old Massage Therapist (2017)
Erica has worked with me for over a year now and she is fabulous. I’m a twenty one year old girl who is constantly confused about life, and Erica has really shown me how to allow myself to see my life as a path and that each thing that happens is part of my path. She has allowed me to see life much simpler and really helped me grow as a person.
— Bridgewater State University '18 (2017)

Professional endorsements

If one of my client’s family members is looking for a therapist referral, Erica is my first choice. Erica is extremely knowledgeable, as well as a kind and compassionate person.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues
— Colleen Murphy Lucia, LICAS (2017)
Erica’s passion for doing this work is evident from the moment you meet her. She exudes kindness and compassion and truly cares about helping others find their true paths and the steps to get there.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, self-development, self-esteem
— Brandi Hamlin, LICSW (2017)