Erica Smuckler, LCSW
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I am an experienced child therapist who is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, anger, and trauma.
Every time I receive a call for help from a parent, I am humbled by their bravery and courage to open up and trust me with their story. I respect the parent who has the nerve to seek help and reveal the inner strife within their family. It’s not easy to let someone in to witness what is heart-wrenching for oneself. Once a family arrives at my office, I understand that there are secrets they are looking to guard. Getting to the root of the problem is inspiring because now I can help the family deal with the real issues and start rebuilding the family structure.
It is an honor to share in the growth and development that is uncovered through our work together. When a child finally opens up to me about their fears, I know we can begin to explore uncomfortable feelings in a place where trust is upheld. Then they can find the strength to practice facing obstacles by taking charge of situations and not letting emotions paralyze them. When they no longer need guidance to do so, I know they are ready to deal with adversity on their own. It’s uplifting to witness their internalization of what we have discussed and to generate the strength within themselves to implement the skills they’ve obtained..
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Body Image
- Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Phobias & Fears
- School Performance
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleep Disorders
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Play Therapy & Sandtray
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy