September 17, 2020 | 0 comments

Erika Wadsworth, MSW, CSW
Associate Field Therapist
Position:Associate Field Therapist
Department:Clinical

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Masters of Social Work, San Diego State University
  • Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Northwest Outward Bound Instructor Development Course
  • Macro Social Work Intern at the International Rescue Committee - working with refugees and asylum-seeking families
  • Clinical Social Work Intern at Volunteers of America, Southwest - working with male and female substance users
  • Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line - working with children, adolescents, and adults
  • Senior Peer Mentor at University of California, Santa Barbara - working with first-generation college students

 

PERSONAL APPROACH

As a therapist, I believe in the healing power of the wilderness and enjoy using my background in both social work and philosophy to help students reflect on questions of identity, purpose, and personal values. I take a strengths-based approach in my work, meaning that I focus on students’ assets and believe in their ability to help themselves given sufficient support and time. Most of all, I love working with students to clarify their thinking and their values so that they can get in touch with what motivates them, what they stand for, and why.

Drawing from my experience with multilingual and multi-ethnic populations, as well as people struggling with mental health and substance use disorders, I feel confident connecting with diverse students from many walks of life. I strive to always remain curious and open-hearted in my interactions, and believe in meeting students where they are at in each moment.

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS

My lifelong love of the outdoors has shaped much of my childhood and adult life, from my fascination with wild edible plants to my decision to pursue a career in wilderness therapy. In addition, I have always been a reader and have an abiding interest in poetry, philosophy, and creative writing. When visiting family in San Diego, I love to surf or spend time lounging on the beach with a good book. Other hobbies include experimenting with gourmet cooking, practicing my martial arts skills, and traveling the world. So far I have visited India, Indonesia, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. Lately I have been trying to bring more yoga, meditation, and hiking into my daily routine.

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