I'm Erin McHam, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with 16 years of experience working with adults in individual and couples' counseling. I received my M.A. from The Ohio State University and am licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
My practice is focused on using a blend of Gestalt Therapy with other person-centered therapies, with the goal of helping clients increase mind/body awareness, identify tools for inner growth, and experience meaningful life change.
My most recent Continuing Education Training is in the following areas:
Mindful Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Tailoring Mindfulness: Fitting the Practice to the Person
Changing How We Feel by Changing How We Think
Inside the Manipulator's Mind: The Insider's Guide to Ending Emotional Exploitation
Social Media and Mental Health
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Motherhood and Mental Health: How Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Affect Women and Families
I am also a listed provider in the POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms) directory, and a volunteer for the Mental Health America of Franklin County Pro Bono Counseling Program.
Just a Bit of Work History
In lieu of listing my past counseling positions, I’ll share with you the one that confirmed my decision to become a LPCC in private practice: my nine years of work with the nonprofit organization, the Columbus AIDS Task Force (CATF), where I interned during my second year of my master’s program and was subsequently hired on as a mental health therapist.
When I started, I didn’t know anything about HIV or AIDS or the complex ways in which the disease impacts the individual, loved ones and family members. I trained on-the-job, but the most powerful lessons came from meeting with and listening to the clients’ experiences in a counseling setting.
My clients—men and women aged 18 to 65, all living different life experiences in terms of socioeconomics, race, sexual orientation and gender identification—were my teachers. I counseled them at differing phases of disease progression and illness on site and in their homes and in treatment facilities. But through them, I learned about life circumstances and challenges that I had never imagined. I witnessed intense pain, suffering and sadness—not only due to the toll of the disease and medication side effects (which were still fairly new at the time of my work), but also because of the stigma, shame, and loss of family and friends that accompanied the disease.
My overriding takeaway from those years was the amazing resiliency of the human spirit.