Therapy for couples, individuals, and families of ALL kinds
Serving the South Puget Sound in beautiful Tacoma, Washington
At PCNW, we truly believe that human beings are healthiest and happiest when we are living our lives authentically and connecting with others in ways that feel safe, meaningful, and real. It sounds so simple, and yet, so often, we find ourselves feeling hopeless, helpless, disconnected, and "stuck." It is PCNW's mission to provide people with the tools they need to live more authentic lives, heal the places that hurt, and connect with others in ways that create a sense of belonging.
We enjoy working with couples, individuals, and families from all backgrounds and circumstances. We also offer specialized counseling for the LGBTQ community, including (but not limited to) issues around Coming Out, Family Reconciliation, Faith Reconciliation, Identity Development, Gender Identity & Transition, and LGBTQ-Specific Couples' Therapy.
Amira Fordham Erickson, MA, MEd, 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.
Aubree Irving, MA, LMFTA
MA, Pacific Lutheran University
BA, Western Washington University
I believe 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.
I use an approach to therapy that is based on Emotion Focused Therapy with an emphasis on attachment. I also believe in a collaborative approach to therapy, and tailor the therapy process to each individual client's needs.
I see my therapy practice through a lens based on social justice and sex positivity. I use this lens to address communication, relationships, attachment issues, sex, intimacy, and trauma. I welcome clients of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship dynamics. I provide LGBTQIA, Kink, and Poly-friendly therapy.