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Erin Pauling, MSW, SWC

Erin is a Clinical Social Work Candidate in the state of Colorado. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders as well as supporting those with trauma and co-occurring disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

Erin received undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice through Carroll University and completed her M.S. in Social Work with a focus on evidence-based interpersonal practice, completing electives in trauma theory and mediation, through the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Erin has worked with kids, adolescents, and adults through school social work, intensive in-home therapy, and small group practice, as well as IP and PHP eating disorder treatment. 

 

Additionally, Erin has provided support to individuals experiencing disordered eating while working as a personal development coach and personal fitness trainer. Erin was a gymnast and ultra trail marathoner, seeing firsthand how the fitness world can be both a help and a hindrance in fostering a positive body image. Using a trauma-informed approach, Erin helps clients build on their unique strengths and discover their motivations for change.

 

Last but not least, Erin has been called a dog whisperer and has a great love and appreciation for animals. Erin achieved a Veterinary Social Work Certification while in graduate school, and the program provided Erin with training in compassion fatigue, conflict management, the link between human and animal violence, animal-assisted interventions, and animal-related grief and bereavement. Erin understands the loss of an animal companion can feel like the loss of an immediate human family member, and she is trained in providing grief counseling for pet parents and veterinary providers. Erin hopes to one day have a great therapy dog partner, much like Bloom's current therapy dog, Ziggy.

My Therapeutic Lens

  • There are several steps in the process of change, and it's normal to try something many times before being able to achieve or maintain a change.

  • Sometimes instead of looking at what's wrong we need to look at what's right. How can you build on your strengths? What have you already achieved?

  • I believe people can achieve similar results by doing different things. For example, journaling may be helpful for one person, but not for another.

  • I think the words "I am", in any language, can be both comforting and limiting.

  • I believe each person's life is made up of many areas (for example, social, environmental, physical, etc.), and phases, and that it's important to take them all into account for optimal functioning.

Credentials,
Certifications, 
& Trainings
  • Clinical Social Work Candidate in Colorado (SWC.0000000330)

  • Licensed School Social Worker in Tennessee (000726543)

  • Master of Science in Social Work, focus on Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice

  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy

  • Family Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa Training, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Certified Master Health Coach

  • Certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Certified in Veterinary Social Work

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