Teenagers (16 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Finding direction in life
- Self-compassion and self-acceptance
- Life coaching
- Trauma and shame
- Anxiety and depression
- Existential challenges
- Academic issues
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.
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.
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)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Johnson & Wales University
- Providence College
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
- 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?"
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.
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