Meet Our Provider Erin Pierson
I’ve seen a lot in my career, from working with the homeless population, community outreach, psychiatric patients in an emergency department, employee assistance programs, private practice, and everything in between! My wide range of experience has taught me that at our core, we are relational beings. We are deeply impacted, marked, and shaped by our experiences with the world and people around us. As a result, we often feel like there are parts of ourselves that are acceptable, and others that should be hidden. It is often in those hidden places full of pain, isolation, heartache, and even joy that need to be reflected on with another human being. We are all in need of another person who can help us carry our experiences and stories for a season.
I believe psychotherapy has the potential to be an immensely powerful healing relationship. But sometimes talking about things doesn’t go far enough in healing the pain we’ve experienced in life, and we feel like we keep struggling with the same things over and over, no matter how much we’ve tried to talk about it. Or we find that no matter how much we trust another person, there are places inside that still don’t feel safe to be known, though we long for those parts of us to be known. Ketamine and other psychedelics offer a potential powerful healing modality to address these places of pain and stuckness. I believe these medicines, used in conjunction with a therapeutic relationship, provide a window to look into our unconscious and work through places where we might feel frozen or not finding relief from certain symptoms.
I’m trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with over ten years of experience since graduating with my Master’s in Counseling Psychology. I also completed training in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. In addition to Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, I also offer psychedelic integration from a harm reduction standpoint. My firm belief is that integration is just as important as the medicine you’re using, and that you will get the most benefit from these treatments alongside therapy, whether that is short term or long term.