Erica Garcia, MA, LPC
I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Very early in my nursing career, I found that my passion for serving people came most alive while comforting people’s emotional pain. I spent a short time doing psychiatric nursing before I was fortunate to be able to go back to school and complete my Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2005.
Since then, I have had experience counseling individuals, couples, groups and also doing corporate relational coaching. A significant amount of my early training and experience with couples was co leading couples’ intensives using Intimacy Therapy, a counseling model that works to address relational needs, uncover emotional pain, and ultimately create greater connection between partners and families. Currently, my work with clients is mainly guided by Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has been a natural progression from my earlier work.
I believe that our earliest relationships and life experiences impact how we see the world and how we “do relationships”. Although it may not always be apparent, the pain from those past experiences can show up in our current relationships and prevent the secure, loving relationships that we long for. We might find ourselves in cycles that are hard to break.
I wish that everyone had a friend or family member to share their deepest pain and struggles. However, it’s very common for individuals to feel alone and afraid, even when there are others around. This is where I hope to help. I strive to provide a nonjudgmental environment of acceptance and empathy, a place to practice letting yourself be seen and known.
Many people come to therapy to address unhealed pain from childhood that is impacting current relationships. They come with heavy hearts that need relief. Some come with goals of self-awareness, authenticity, trust and increasing intimacy in their relationships. Other reasons include past or recent trauma, depression, anxiety, parenting struggles and loneliness.
I, too, have been on my own journey of healing and strengthening my relationships. I have been married since 2002 and have two children. I credit my husband’s and my own participation in therapy for our continued growth as individuals and partners.