Hello, my name is Erin Solem, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I obtained my Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Social Work at Saint Leo University in 2014. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have worked in the Hospice Inpatient setting providing one on one grief counseling, children’s bereavement counseling, and overall grief and loss support. I also have experience working with End Stage Renal Disease patients requiring dialysis in three separate modalities providing counseling for individuals dealing with complex medical issues, anticipatory grieving, adjustment concerns, stress, anxiety, and overall feelings of depression. Starting my own private practice to help others in need has always been a life-long dream, and passion. During these trying times, and need for constant adjustment to society, I feel there is no better time to offer individualized therapy that focuses on optimizing overall mental health and well-being. I believe whole heartedly that seeking therapy is the very first step in the healing process, and it takes an incredible amount of strength and personal perseverance. As your counselor, you can expect a compassionate, non-judgmental alliance, focusing on meeting you where you are in your journey, and empowering you to create therapeutic goals in a confidential, comfortable environment. Please feel free to reach out at any time.
Life Altering Illness
Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful situations in our lives; however, can manifest into life altering and debilitating concerns. Anxiety disorders can severely impact our day to day functioning at home, work, and in social settings. Anxiety can take on many different forms including, but not limited to excessive worry, fear, ruminating thoughts, feelings of being inadequate, obsessive thinking, heightened stress response in social situations, avoidance, sleep issues, fatigue, irritability, and overall intrusive thoughts that can impact sound decision making. Anxiety can leave you feeling consumed both emotionally and physically. Do you feel ill on a daily basis due to excessive worry and fear? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with emotions? Seeking therapy can help you target effective approaches to coping. Let me help you begin your healing process today.
There are many biological, psychological, and social sources that can cause distress and feelings of depression. Symptoms of depression can include feeling sad, loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you may have once enjoyed, loss of energy, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, loss of energy/fatigue, feelings of guilt, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Please don't be afraid to ask for help, to share your heartache, to be heard!! There is help!
Being diagnosed with a life altering illness can come as a shock, and leave you feeling in complete disbelief. Living with a life altering illness such as Cancer, End Stage Renal Disease, Heart Disease to name a few, present many challenges to not only the person with the illness, but also their close family and friends. Adapting to new lifestyle changes, and perhaps ongoing treatments, can be emotionally draining, and cause distress. It is normal to experience a range of emotions in these unforeseen circumstance. As you navigate these emotions, you may find it incredibly helpful to seek counseling support where you can share your fears in a non judgmental environment.
Grief & Loss
Life can be difficult at times. 2020 has been a particularly rough year with numerous challenges for many. Are you tired of others trying to normalize "a new normal?" It's helpful being able to hold space with another in a confidential environment to talk about these day to day struggles.
Coping with the loss of a loved one is by far one of the most difficult challenges many of us face. Whether you have experienced a recent death or are going through what is known as anticipatory grief due to a terminal diagnosis, you are on a journey filled with a lot of varying intense emotions. Grief takes on many different forms and is unique to everyone. Grief does not follow a trajectory, nor is there a timeline for your pain. Grief is not always associated with death. We can feel grief from a loss of a job, a breakup, or other personal losses. You may be experiencing complicated grief if you have feelings of intense sadness and ongoing emotional pain, feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, avoidance, isolation and detachment from family and friends, or a lack of desire to engage in things that once brought you joy. It is important to seek help coping with your grief if you are having difficultly eating and sleeping, the inability to work or return to regular activities, inability to care for yourself, feelings of worthlessness, or thoughts of suicide. A counselor can guide you through these feelings without judgment. Remember no loss is to big or small to ask for help. You do not have to suffer in silence. You do not have to grieve alone.