Erika Bent, LPCC, LMFT, CEDS
How I work
I have a specialty in working with individuals with eating disorders and body image concerns, however, also have extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, life transitions, and relational challenges. My treatment philosophy promotes a collaborative therapeutic relationship while empowering individuals to cultivate their own path to wellness. In our sessions, we will work together to identify the values and goals that are important to you, and the best path to achieving them in a supportive, non-judgmental, and effective way. I utilize a strengths-based and integrative theoretical framework, meaning I draw from different therapeutic modalities based on the needs of each individual client. The empirically-supported treatments I draw on most frequently include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), and mindfulness-based techniques.
Growing up in today’s society comes with many opportunities, as well as a multitude of complex challenges. Dealing with pressures of perfectionism, achieving a highly respected career, while maintaining fulfillment in relationships, and one’s own psychological health, to name a few, can seem nearly impossible. I embarked on my own journey to discover my sense of self, values that were important to me, and what inspired meaning in my life while shedding myself of behaviors and mindsets that weren’t serving me. It was through this process that I grew to cherish introspection, depth work, and interpersonal connectedness, which led to me to a career in psychotherapy. I enjoy helping others find remarkable transformation through their own individualized journeys of self-discovery. I am sincerely passionate about the work that I do and feel honored to connect with others in a deeply moving, and meaningful way. My goal is to meet each client where they’re at and join together with them through every step of the process.
License & Education
- Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, CEDS
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 114150
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC 3332
- Master’s Degree, Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida
- Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, California State University Monterey Bay
Training & Clinical Experience
In addition to working with the Evolve team, I also serve as the Director of Clinical Operations at The Healthy Teen Project in Los Altos, CA. My clinical experience spans across a wide range of inpatient and outpatient settings where I have gained expertise in the treatment of adolescents and adults with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders, and life transitions. I have completed training in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) with Dr. Katharine Loeb at Farleigh Dickinson University and Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick at Stanford University, and am currently pursuing certification in FBT.
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Hospitality Chair
- California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
- Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders San Francisco
- National Eating Disorders Association
- Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
“I had been doing therapy on and off for years because I never felt like I had found the right fit. When I had my first session with my therapist I could tell this experience was going to be different. The skill and care demonstrated by my therapist have helped me change my life and commit to continuing my journey more than ever before because I finally feel the right balance of cared for and challenged.”