Erin C. Van Lente, LMSW
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK.
Hello! My name is Erin and I work part-time at CCM as a staff counselor. I specialize in working with children beginning at age 5 through young adults struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, stress, grief and loss, and adjustment struggles. I utilize modalities of treatment such as Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. It is my goal to educate clients about mental illnesses and teach the necessary techniques and coping skills to help clients better manage their symptoms and work toward deeper healing.
WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO DO THAT?
I am a NY State Licensed Master Social Worker and I am currently working toward obtaining my NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker certification. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sports Ministry from Houghton College in May 2014. I received my Master Degree of Social Work from The State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2018. I have been practicing in the psychotherapy field since 2018. I have taken courses in Play Therapy, Solution Focused Practice, and Motivational Interviewing while obtaining my Masters Degree. Furthermore, I have received certifications in Biblical Counseling from The Chapel’s Biblical Counseling Institute; Youth Mental Health First Aid USA from the National Council for Behavioral Health; and Distance Teletherapy from PESI.
WHY IS THERAPY IMPORTANT TO YOU?
My strong desire to help and encourage people on a deep, relational level to work through their various problems has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. After personal experience in witnessing the negative effects of mental illness in the lives of friends and family members growing up, I decided I wanted to become a counselor to help people gain healing, peace, and success through their struggles. Just as God loves us unconditionally and meets us right where we are, I seek to shine this same care toward my clients by meeting them without judgment where they are in their messes. It is my goal and honor to help my clients find peace, healing, hope, and possibly even joy amidst the storms of life.
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?
Some of my favorite things to do in my free time to take care of my own mental health include: spending quality time with friends and family (and the family dog!), playing soccer, watching movies/shows, playing piano, being active outside, traveling, playing board/card games, and reading. I especially love going on soccer ministry trips with my friends where we use the game of soccer as a platform to share the good news of Jesus Christ!
SHARE A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF!
Fun Fact About Me: I have travelled to 10 countries through my experiences with the On Goal and Chicago Eagles soccer ministries, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, and the Go Ed study abroad program! Some of my favorite and most interesting places I have been to include Brazil, Rwanda, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the European cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague!
SHARE A SCRIPTURE VERSE OR QUOTE THAT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE.
One of my favorite and encouraging passages in Scripture is Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV):
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
- NY State Licensed Master Social Worker
- Currently working toward obtaining my NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker certification.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sports Ministry from Houghton College in May 2014.
- Master Degree of Social Work from The State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2018.
- Practicing in the psychotherapy field since 2018.
- Certifications in Biblical Counseling from The Chapel’s Biblical Counseling Institute; Youth Mental Health First Aid USA from the National Council for Behavioral Health; and Distance Teletherapy from PESI.