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Erin Callahan, LMSW

Featured in The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s “Who is Who of 2017-2018,” Erin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She incorporates her love for neuroscience, attachment theory, and a belief in the innate ability of each person to heal into her clinical work.  Erin has received EMDRIA-approved EMDR training and obtained an Advanced Trauma Certificate from the Ferentz Institute in 2019.  She brings over 15 years of experience working in the area of early child development and attachment, serving the most vulnerable as an advocate in Montgomery County’s Rockville’s District Court, and for the last 5 years, providing counseling to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.  Her areas of clinical specialty include complex PTSD, domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault, anxiety and depression, identity issues, codependence, grief, attachment and developmental trauma, relationship issues, diversity and inclusion, and emotional dysregulation.

Erin believes that in order to heal, clients must first have the tools, understanding, and language to comprehend what is taking place in their body and mind. She honors a client’s courage to reach out for help and uses this as the foundation on which to build. Once this knowledge is gained, the journey towards increased self-discovery, growth, and healing can be embarked upon.  With humility and free of judgement, Erin seeks to understand each clients story using a person-centered approach. She joins them in their unique path with insight, attunement, and the use of evidenced-based methods incorporating the body and mind.  Creating a space of warmth and trust, Erin’s eclectic style of therapy is tailored to fit the needs of the client through cohesive and collaborative planning and assessment, examination of patterns of behavior and thoughts that may keep you stuck, and identifying the motivation for change.  Art, play, music, and movement have been shown to have positive effects on the brain. Using a strengths-based perspective, Erin integrates these therapeutic tools into therapy for healing of the mind, body and spirit. Using a strengths-based perspective, Erin integrates the following clinical approaches:

  • Trauma-informed therapy
  • EMDR therapy
  • Parts work (Internal Family Systems)
  • Psychodynamic and attachment-based therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mind-body connection
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Skill Training in Affective Regulation (STAIR)
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