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Our Therapists

 
 
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AMIRA FORDHAM ERICKSON, MA, ME.D., LMFT

MA, Pacific Lutheran University

MEd, Seattle University

BA, University of Puget Sound

Amira is originally from a small town in Oregon, but spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence growing up in sunny San Diego, CA. She moved to Tacoma in 1996 to attend the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Rhetoric and African-American Studies. 

After her undergraduate education, Amira earned a Master's degree in Education from Seattle University, and has been a member of the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Community House, and Courage 360 (a local non-profit agency). Amira has also served as a chaplain at the University of Puget Sound and as a workshop facilitator and guest lecturer at The University of Washington, Tacoma.

As an educator, Amira became passionate about the idea of helping others identify and utilize their strengths, overcome barriers, and achieve their goals. As a therapist, she brings the patience, compassion, humor, and problem-solving strategies from her classroom into the therapy room, providing her clients with the tools they need to uncover their potential, lead more meaningful, authentic lives, and build healthier, more fulfilling relationships with partners and family members.

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AUBREE IRVING, MA, LMFTA, CIIP

MA, Pacific Lutheran University

BA, Western Washington University

Aubree believes relationship, security, and sexuality are essential to life. We all need to feel connected to others, to feel safe and secure in our relationships, and to feel confident and comfortable in our sexuality and sexual relationships. Often, this need includes working on our relationship with ourself as well as others. Relationships come in all forms. What works in each relationship dynamic is completely unique. What every relationship has in common is a need for secure attachment, deep connection and intimacy.

Aubree uses an approach to therapy that is based on Emotion Focused Therapy with an emphasis on attachment. She also believes in a collaborative approach to therapy, and tailors the therapy process to each individual client's needs. She is certified as an Integrated Intimacy Professional (CIIP) through the Northwest Institute on Intimacy and is currently working toward certification as a sex therapist with AASECT.

Aubree sees her therapy practice through a lens based on social justice and sex positivity. She uses this lens to address communication, relationships, attachment issues, sex, intimacy, and trauma. She welcomes clients of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship dynamics. She provides LGBTQIA+, Kink, and Poly-affirming therapy.

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NILES WOODS, MA, LMHCA, CDPT

MA, City University of Seattle

BA, Western Washington University

People come to counseling for different reasons. Some people need extra support through tough times. Others may feel depressed, hopeless, or stuck. There are many reasons to seek a counselor. Niles has 4 years experience working with individuals on life transitions, depression, anxiety and trauma. His orientation is Existential, self compassion and self advocacy.

Niles uses both harm reduction and abstinence based skills for treatment of substance use issues. Let's collaborate to make the changes you want in your life, develop skills and tools to improve your life, and express feelings that are important to you.

 

Coleman Frostad, MA, LMFT

MA, Pacific Lutheran University

BA, University of Washington

Coleman is a local Pacific Northwesterner and holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. He is a fully licensed marriage and family therapist. Coleman uses a holistic approach of experiential and cognitive therapies, incorporating the mind, body, and spirit. Coleman has worked with clients of all ages and has done specialized work with LGBTQ+ population, kink, and poly communities. He has helped his clients through a variety of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, family and relationship dynamics, sociocultural impacts, and life transitions.