Uses She/Her pronouns
Erika (she/her) is a Registered Agency Affiliated Counselor (#CG 61215608) in the state of Washington and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Erika graduated with a BA from Western Washington University studying Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. Through her studies and personal experience, she believes in the importance of recreational activities in supporting people in their recovery journeys.
Erika was inspired to work in the eating disorder and mental health field due to her own recovery experience with eating disorders and alignment with the Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating principles at Opal. As a biracial person and daughter of a Japanese immigrant, she believes in the importance of anti-racism and anti-oppression work in making mental health care accessible for all. Erika also has experience providing adaptive recreation for people with disabilities with methods such as horseback riding, swimming, art, and outdoor activities. This has led her to advocating for inclusive spaces.
In her free time, Erika loves dancing, reading, spending time outdoors, and playing with her tuxedo cat.