Erin Ross, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist in London, Ontario
Too often, life overwhelms us.
Sometimes it is big things – abuse, trauma, tragedy, loss.
Sometimes it is life crises, situational stressors, or frustrations in career or relationships.
Sometimes it is just the push-and-pull of everyday life.
Whatever it is for you, it builds up, gaining momentum and threatening to engulf you. You feel it like a tidal wave at your back, growing in size and strength as you swim for the shore with everything you’ve got. You hope you make it before the wave crashes down on you, but you’re terrified you won’t.
I know this feeling.
I know what it’s like when you’re exhausted from the effort of moving forward, of keeping your head above water. And I know what it’s like when you don’t make the shore in time and get pulled under by the waves.
You don’t have to face this alone.
I can help. I can offer a safe, non-judgmental space where we can work together to bring meaning, energy, and hope back to your life.
Though things may feel insurmountable at times, I believe we all have the capacity to grow and heal. My job is to take the journey with you, providing knowledge, encouragement, and empathy every step of the way.
I might be the right therapist for you if:
You are feeling depleted, discouraged, and unable to cope
You have a history of childhood abuse or relational abuse that seems to still bleed into everything today, colouring how you see yourself, other people, and the world around you
You’ve been struggling with depression, low motivation, or a deep, abiding sense of numbness
You feel like you’re so busy do all the right things - trying to be the best partner, employee, parent, friend that you can be – that you’ve lost track of who you are and the life you want to live
I have worked as a therapist for over a decade and have been a registered Clinical Psychologist since 2015. I began my career in Toronto, where I completed my Masters degree and doctorate at the University of Toronto. I completed my residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Surrey Place Centre. Upon moving to London in 2009, I worked for the London Health Sciences Centre, first in the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) and more recently in the Traumatic Stress Service where I provide individual and group therapy to adults who suffer from trauma-related disorders such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders.
I was drawn to psychology because of an abiding interest in people’s stories, who they are and what moves them to do the things they do. What has kept me in the field, however, is not just the stories, but meaning and connection.
We will work together to gain an understand the meaning your stories take on when explored in the context of your whole self and the unique intricacies of your life. I will strive to foster connection between us in order to create a sense of safety and give you the courage to voice your thoughts and feelings and make the much more important connection to your authentic self; the self that is not weighted down by pain and doubt, silenced by shame, or plagued by feelings of never being good enough.
The self that is powerful, joyful and full of life.
I strongly feel that it is a deep privilege to accompany my clients on this journey to themselves and I would be excited to take that journey with you.
I work from a flexible, integrative framework, drawing on emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I also am an EMDR therapist. My work is always trauma-informed and includes elements of mindfulness and self-compassion. I draw on the use of analogy and story to connect people with meaning or invite them to see things in a new way. The exact approach taken, however, depends on the needs, preferences, and comfort level of my clients. I will work collaboratively with you to decide the right approach for you and will always welcome feedback.
If you’re ready for less overwhelm and suffering and more satisfaction and joy, please reach out today.