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Erin Howard


I am a Virginia native who grew up in the suburbs of D.C., but North Carolina has been my home since 2009. I have a prior background in veterinary medicine, which led me to counseling as I gained insight into the need for mental health care within the community. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s in psychology, and subsequently completed a graduate certificate in aging & applied thanatology. I have my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at UNC Pembroke with a concentration in Play Therapy.  I have completed all my coursework to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), I only have clinical hours to fulfill this certification.  

I am qualified to treat the following mental health conditions: 

  • Variety of childhood mental health concerns

  • Suicide assessment, prevention

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Illness

  • Women's issues

  • Grief/Loss 

In addition, I am also able to help individuals understand and cope with the following issues:

  • Bullying

  • Stress Management

  • LGBTQ+

  • Parenting skills from pre-school age to young adulthood

  • Divorce- child coping

  • Social Skills

  • Self-esteem

  • Executive Function skill building

  • Aging Issues

I enjoy working with individuals of all ages as well as families. I am also passionate about working with children and helping them develop, process, and grow as individuals through the language of play, especially working through grief, loss/bereavement, and trauma. I am LGBTQ affirming. My approach is integrative, influenced by various theories including cognitive behavioral, Adlerian, and child-parent relationship therapy. It is my goal to create a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust, safety, and a non-judgmental atmosphere to facilitate healing and promote long-term mental health. 

In network with Cigna and most BlueCross BlueShield (Except BlueHome, BlueLocal, and BlueValue).  Also offering a reasonable self pay rate.

To schedule with Erin contact: 


Erin Howard
  • Aetna

  • BlueCross BlueShield (Exceptions: BlueHome, BlueLocal, HealthyBlue and BlueValue)

  • Cigna

  • United Healthcare/Optum filed as OUT OF NETWORK

  • Reasonable Self Pay Rate

Accepted Insurance:

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