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Erica Ives has been practicing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 34566) since 1997 and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addiction. Erica is also currently working on her dissertation for her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She demonstrates a passionate devotion to this significant field of healing. Erica has extensive experience in all levels of care within the areas of eating disorder treatment, substance dependency, and trauma. Her work as a therapist began with the treatment of adolescents who suffered from depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and self-harm, predominately as a result of some form of trauma. Erica sought out extensive training in the area of trauma and its correlation with the development of eating disorders and various other addictions.
Her many years of training continued along this path and developed into her current specialties, all of which are very closely connected. She has consistently been in private practice while simultaneously working closely with other professionals and clients in multiple arrays of environments. Erica has worked as a Clinical Director of Mental Health, Eating Disorder, and Addiction treatment centers, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching Trauma and Addiction. She is a published author of Eating Disorders: Decode the Controlled Chaos. Erica has and continues to train and supervise therapists working towards licensure, and educate communities on the prevention and treatment of mental health issues and eating disorders.
Erica has had personal experience with many of the same struggles that bring one to seek therapy and passionately believes in life with freedom from an eating disorder and addiction. She views recovery as being unique to every individual and understands the vulnerability shared throughout the therapy experience. She values and creates a safe, nurturing, and empathic environment for one to successfully begin their journey of recovery. Her passion is to bring a balance of mind, body, and spirit into structured treatment with a strong value on the transformational process of achieving wholeness along with gaining a rich understanding of purpose. Erica teaches the tools for one to achieve a life filled with balance, awareness, and well being to live on a mindful path of recovery.