Erin Chelgren, MFTC
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” –Anne Lamott
Life throws curveballs. Maybe you’re someone who, on the outside, everything seems fine, but if people really knew, they would see the pain you’re carrying inside. Perhaps you’re feeling lost and aimless; like your life is out of control and you can’t see a clear way out of this tunnel. Maybe you’re overwhelmed, stuck, lonely, and, at times, feeling hopeless. Sometimes messages like “I’m not doing enough,” “Maybe it really is all my fault,” and “I will fail,” lurk in the back of your mind. You’ve tried everything you can think of and things just aren’t getting better.
While she understands not one journey is the same as the other, Erin has traveled her own path of healing. She gets it—she understands the courage it takes to face your pain, feel your feelings, and ask for help. She understands the vulnerability and hard work that goes into the healing journey. And, she knows how absolutely essential it is that you find a therapist you can trust.
Erin’s clients feel valued and understood from the first session through the end of the counseling process. Erin meets people exactly as they are, while at the same time encouraging curiosity, creativity, and compassion to help both couples and individuals heal, grow, and transform.
As Brené Brown has expressed, it’s time to live from your wild heart rather than your weary hurt—and Erin can help you do so.
Who Erin Works With
- Adults, Young Adults, & Older Teens (15–18)
- Couples & Marriage Counseling
- Individual Counseling
Erin’s Counseling Specialties & Interests
Erin specializes in working with adults and couples with a variety of needs, including the following:
- Relationship problems and conflict
- Coping with anxiety and depression
- Experiences of trauma and PTSD
- Life and culture transitions
- Experiences of marginalization
- Grief and loss
- Sexual abuse
- Sex Therapy
- Experience working with clients of various sexual orientations
- Spiritual abuse / hurt by the church
- Compassion Fatigue
What to Expect in Therapy with Erin
Understanding your feelings, knowing what you want, and unearthing your voice are crucial components needed to show up for yourself and to participate in meaningful relationships. As a therapist, Erin is passionate about cultivating a safe space for individuals and couples to heal from their past, listen to their hearts, (re)discover their strengths, and thrive. With her trauma-informed approach, down-to-earth presence, and empathetic nature, Erin’s greatest joy is offering hope to those that are hurting.
In her work with couples, Erin invites partners to engage in a new conversation that breaks down walls, elicits intimate connection, and sparks joy. Erin understands the frustration, distress, and loneliness that partners can experience when stuck and disconnected. When partners are able to turn toward one another, express themselves authentically, and feel heard and accepted, healing happens and relationships thrive.
Erin completed her Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She also is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a therapy modality with over 40 years of research. EFT is a proven effective approach for couples in distress.
In addition, Erin is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) through EMDRIA. EMDR has over 30 years of research and is proven effective for those with trauma, PTSD, distressing life events, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR is different from traditional therapy, as it allows the brain to heal and process in a natural way.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
– Maya Angelou