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Erin Fagbuyi

Erin Fagbuyi

LCSW-C
17 years of experience
Authentic
Warm
Empowering
Virtual

I specialize in anxiety, couples counseling, Christian counseling, holistic health, family conflict, grief, parenting, postpartum, self-esteem issues, and women's issues. Life is filled with challenges, from relationships and life changes to traumatic events, anxiety, and depression. Finding a space where you are seen and heard is crucial; a place where you are valued and free to process your fears, hurts, expectations, and needs—from the practical to the painful. A place where you are welcome to share all parts of your story: mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational. This is that place, and I am so glad you are here! I am a certified social worker licensed in Maryland, DC, Michigan, and California, with licenses as an LICSW, LCSW-C, and LCSW. With over 17 years of education and professional experience, I offer a client-centered space where we work together to bring change, healing, and help wherever you need it. I have lived in several places across the country, experiencing various cultures, strengths, and needs. We will work together to create an effective plan with tools and strategies specifically tailored for you. I understand that no single modality is universally effective for every individual or couple, and I have dedicated my career to acquiring proficiency in various clinical approaches. My experience includes Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Informed Therapy, Couples Counseling, Grief Therapy, and Anxiety Therapy. While CBT provides a main structure for my approach, the foundation of our work is built on your story and the core beliefs you hold. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship built between you and me. As such, I prioritize authenticity, transparency, and trust. If you are looking for a safe, genuine, welcoming space, I trust you will find it here! I hope to have the opportunity to journey with you through this season of your life...

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In your first session with me, you can expect a warm and welcoming environment where we will begin to build a foundation of trust and understanding. We'll start by discussing your reasons for seeking therapy and the challenges you're currently facing. This initial conversation will help me understand your background, experiences, and what you hope to achieve through therapy. We'll also go over some basic information about the therapeutic process, including confidentiality, session structure, and any questions you might have about how we will work together. Together, we will identify your goals and discuss how we can tailor our sessions to meet your specific needs. The first session is an opportunity for you to share your story and for us to start developing a collaborative plan for your journey toward healing and growth. I aim to ensure you feel comfortable, heard, and supported from the very beginning.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My greatest strengths as a provider are creating a safe, empathetic space and actively listening to understand and validate your experiences. My specialty is getting at the root of things and connecting the dots from your story to foster understanding, healing, and change. I tailor my approach to your unique needs using various therapeutic modalities and prioritize building a trusting, authentic relationship. By considering mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational aspects, I support lasting positive change.

About Erin Fagbuyi

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I have extensive experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my practice, with over 17 years of professional experience helping clients navigate a variety of challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. CBT is a cornerstone of my therapeutic approach because it effectively addresses the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In my practice, I describe CBT as a triangle with each corner representing thoughts, feelings, and actions. I focus on understanding and reshaping negative thought patterns to influence emotions and behaviors positively. This involves asking critical questions to get to the root cause of core beliefs: 'Why are your core beliefs what they are?', 'What is your story?', and 'Who and what shaped you?'. This process takes a holistic approach, considering both past experiences and current realities. By using CBT, I help clients identify and challenge distorted thinking, develop healthier thought patterns, and implement practical strategies to manage and reduce symptoms. This approach not only addresses immediate concerns but also equips clients with tools to handle future challenges, promoting long-term mental and emotional well-being.

Christian Counseling

I have extensive experience in Christian Counseling, integrating faith-based principles with therapeutic techniques to support clients seeking a spiritually informed approach to mental health. I have worked with individuals and couples to address a wide range of issues, including anxiety, grief, family conflict, and relationship challenges, through the lens of Christian faith. In my practice, Christian Counseling involves incorporating biblical teachings and spiritual practices alongside traditional therapeutic methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Informed Therapy. I focus on understanding your core beliefs and how your faith shapes your experiences and responses to life's challenges. We explore questions like 'What is your story?' and 'Who and what shaped you?' to connect the dots between your faith, thoughts, feelings, and actions. This holistic approach allows for deeper healing and growth, helping clients find strength, comfort, and guidance through their spiritual beliefs. Whether you're looking to integrate your faith into your therapy sessions or seeking support grounded in Christian principles, I tailor my approach to align with your spiritual and emotional needs.

Couples Counseling

I have substantial experience in Couples Counseling, having worked with numerous couples over the years to navigate various relationship challenges and improve their connection. My approach is rooted in creating a safe and supportive environment where both partners feel heard and valued. In Couples Counseling, I focus on enhancing communication, building trust, and resolving conflicts. I utilize techniques from various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), to help couples understand and change negative interaction patterns. By exploring each partner's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, I assist couples in identifying the underlying issues that contribute to their conflicts. A key component of my approach is helping couples connect the dots between their individual stories and how these influence their relationship dynamics. This holistic perspective considers past experiences, core beliefs, and current realities. Together, we work on developing practical strategies and tools to improve communication, strengthen emotional bonds, and foster a deeper understanding of each other. My goal in Couples Counseling is to empower couples to navigate their differences and challenges constructively, promoting a healthier, more fulfilling relationship.

Trauma Informed Care

I have extensive experience in Trauma-Informed Care, having worked with many clients who have experienced various forms of trauma, including abuse, neglect, and significant life disruptions. My approach is grounded in understanding the profound impact trauma can have on an individual's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In my practice, Trauma-Informed Care involves creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients feel empowered to share their experiences at their own pace. I prioritize building trust and ensuring that clients feel heard and validated. This care framework recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery, integrating this awareness into all aspects of our work together. I use evidence-based techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), to help clients process their traumatic experiences and develop coping strategies. My approach also incorporates mindfulness practices and grounding techniques to help clients manage symptoms and stay present. A crucial part of my Trauma-Informed Care approach is exploring the root causes of trauma and its effects on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By understanding the client's story and the factors that shaped their experiences, we work together to foster healing and resilience. My goal is to help clients regain a sense of control and empowerment in their lives, promoting long-term recovery and well-being.