Dr. Erica Aten
Dr. Aten specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults, utilizing evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Dr. Aten earned her Doctoral Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology. Dr. Aten has trained and worked in a variety of settings, including therapeutic day schools, community mental health centers, residential facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Aten’s approach is empathic and collaborative; she strives to create an individualized, supportive environment where clients are empowered to progress towards their goals.
Dr. Aten has formalized training and experience in treating disruptive behaviors in youth, often related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and anxiety disorders. For youth experiencing disruptive behaviors, Dr. Aten works closely with the child’s family and school to develop and maintain a behavior management plan. Dr. Aten also has expertise treating LGBTQAI+ youth and young adults and is dedicated to providing affirming therapy for transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive folks. While in Chicago, Dr. Aten ran groups for Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Gender and Sex Development Program and she continues to be involved with the Gender-Affirming Clinicians Collaborative.
Dr. Aten is a Psychologist Resident and is supervised by Dr. Brandon Markel while she accrues hours towards licensure.