Erin Canavan Young, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and mental health therapist with over ten years of experience working with individuals, children, and families. Throughout my professional experience, I have continually been inspired by the human potential for growth and feel privileged to partner with others in their journeys toward healing. I view my role to be one that supports my clients in doing the brave and difficult work of creating meaningful change in their lives, and I value the uniqueness of each of my clients and their individual experiences. At the start of our relationship, I collaborate with each client to create an individually-tailored approach to therapy that is both strengths-based and goal-oriented. I aim to support my clients in strengthening their ability to identify and transform unhelpful patterns of thinking, acting, and relating to others, as well as enhancing coping skills for managing stress and emotional pain. In your work with me, you can expect me to respect your beliefs, to recognize and work with your strengths, and to collaborate with you in the development of your goals for therapy. I believe that an open, trusting relationship between client and therapist is the basis for successful treatment, and I welcome feedback throughout the therapeutic process.
I graduated from San Jose State University with a Master of Social Work degree and have specialized training in early childhood development, attachment and adoption issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and attention deficit disorders in both children and adults. I have worked in residential, medical, and outpatient clinic settings, providing both individual and family therapy. I have extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence, including physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse; as a result, I use trauma-informed theory as a primary lens for treatment. I use an integrative approach, combining solutions-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and attachment-focused strategies to assist my clients in achieving a sense of peace, well-being, and balance in their lives. Some of the modalities I use regularly include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Collaborative Problem-Solving, among others.