Erik Stonecipher is a therapist whose focused their studies on the treatment and empowerment of queer individuals, people of color, and those with other marginalized identities. Erik’s approach to therapy is founded in the understanding that our lives are shaped by the environments we grew up in, those we exist in today, and the identities we carry through these myriad contexts & experiences.
Erik believes in forming a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, honesty, vulnerability, and openness. Their work takes on value-oriented action, building positive experiences, growing a toolbox of skills to cope with stress, and establishing healthy relationships within and outside their client’s lives.
Being a young white queer individual, Erik consistently strives to understand how their privileged identities impact the therapeutic relationship. Erik has undergone years of self-reflection, supervision, and education on microaggressions and implicit bias to better understand the biases he carries.
Erik approaches therapy knowing they will never fully understand a culture nor identity that is not their own, but fully believes that through humility, education, training, self-awareness, and vulnerability, empathy and understanding are always possible.
Erik is grateful that you have sought out therapy, as he believes we all need support, care, and safe spaces to be vulnerable in our lives, no matter who we are. If you are considering Erik for therapy, they welcome the opportunity to be part of your journey of growth and change.
Erik completed his graduate training at the University at Albany, earning his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. They hold licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-IT, in the State of Wisconsin. Erik maintains regular clinical supervision and professional development to enhance their learning as well as the quality of their work.
In addition to Erik’s graduate study in New York, their internship was at Four Winds Hospital at Saratoga where they provided services in the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs, teaching Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills and providing individual therapy to a wide variety of clientele. Erik also worked extensively on designing programs for sexual health educators.