Anxiety & Trauma Counseling
Erin Hagen is a trauma counselor with specialized training in anxiety conditions and relational health.
Erin Hagen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Anxiety & Trauma Specialist | EMDR
General anxiety and relational trauma are often linked. A majority of trauma comes from daily interactions that are confusing or hurtful. Over time, this can impact our ability to see ourselves positively and create anxious patterns in relationships. We refer to these patterns as relational anxiety.
Counseling helps to untighten the inner critic and helps us be less critical of others. We’ll practice skills and learn how to be present in the now.
I want to engage you in the growth process. I am challenging and compassionate. I look forward to building a strong alliance with you. Am I right for you? Ask yourself:
Are your relationships a source of anxiety for you?
Does this time in your life call for deeper reflection and awareness?
If you could connect better in key relationships, would your life improve?
I provide focused attention to all aspects of your emotional wellbeing, anxiety concerns, and relational health. I offer you a safe and connected approach to counseling. I believe that holding a secure attachment in the therapy process brings strength, courage, and hope.
I am an experienced Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), with a specialty in trauma healing, self-esteem/identity development, and interpersonal growth. I have specialized training in neurological perspectives of traumatic loss, the assessment, and treatment of PTSD, and healing from interpersonal trauma. I maintain licensure standards for ongoing education in evidence-based interventions and practice.
I have more than ten years of post-masters experience working in the non-profit sector providing both individual and group counseling. I have provided educational presentations to train advocates and other counselors on the dynamics and healing process of traumatic loss.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of counselor education and supervision.
Erin is currently in the process of being credentialed to accept BCBS and Sanford insurance plans.
If helpful, we can address any trauma concerns blocking your healing and impacting your relationships. I offer several somatic options, including EMDR Counseling.
It’s informative to explore what’s truly happening. Sometimes it isn’t an anxiety condition. It’s trauma and hyper-arousal. If we can address the trauma together… you can, finally, experience a relaxed nervous system. You won’t always feel guarded around others. This will allow you to connect better to yourself and others.
Can EMDR help with Trauma and Anxiety?
The human brain is filled with many neural networks that contain the images, thoughts, feelings, smells, and sounds that are experienced in real-time. When a person experiences a traumatic event, the disturbing experiences are stored in exactly the same way. These networks contain information about the disturbing experience and contribute to harmful thinking patterns.
Traumatic experiences can get locked in and when new experiences occur it becomes very easy to trigger these networks. When this happens, people often describe that they re-experience disturbing images or memories as if the experience is happening in the now. This pattern will often trigger harmful thinking and painful feelings.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment approach that accesses more adaptive neural networks. In EMDR care, individuals are guided through practices that allow them to link with the harmful neural networks in the brain.
Together, we’ll create a treatment plan targeting identified images and experiences. After building skills for relaxation and internal safety-resources, I’ll use hand movements or other EMDR sensory devices to stimulate the networks in the brain and improve the flow of contact between healthy and unhealthy neural networks.
As you progress through treatment, you may find that images, thoughts, and feelings change, and they experience more adaptive responses to triggering events.