Erica Ahdoot, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has practiced as an LCSW since 2006. Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, and her Masters in Philosophy in Social Welfare at CUNY Graduate Center/Hunter School of Social Work. She is currently a doctoral candidate with a focus on parent engagement with schools.
For the past two decades, Erica has provided and supervised clinical services to support the academic, social, and emotional development of children and their families using a combination of play therapy, individual and group counselling, and family therapy. Over the last decade, Erica served as Associate Executive Director and Executive Director at two prominent educational non-profits in New York City. Prior to her executive roles, Erica was a family systems therapist at the Vera Institute of Justice, providing individual and family-based mental health counselling for youth involved in the New York State juvenile justice system. Erica also worked with Partnership with Children, a New York City school-based program, where she partnered with schools and families to provide therapeutic support services to children ages 6-12 with academic, behavioral and/or emotional needs.
Erica has specialized training in play therapy and was certified in Treating Adolescents and their Families from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Erica is also certified in Seminar In Field Supervision (SIFI) from Columbia University School of Social Work and has clinically supervised over 20 masters’ students during their year-long field placements in community-based organizations.
Erica employs an integrated approach by providing individual, group and family therapy to treat issues of attachment, adjustment, trauma, loss, toxic stress, and familial disruption. Erica has used play and talk therapies to work with children and their caregivers, whose lives are impacted by family violence, loss and separation. She has facilitated parenting support, psycho-educational and process groups, groups on loss for children and adolescents, social skills groups and teen support groups.