Erika Koch-Weser

Erika Koch-Weser
Erika Koch-Weser

As our world becomes increasingly complex, navigating life’s experiences can begin to feel dizzying and overwhelming. Even in a room full of people, sometimes we can find ourselves feeling isolated and our uniqueness discouraged. We were never supposed to do this alone. A therapist can be a key part of your support system. If you’d like, I’m eager to meet & support you. In sessions with me, we will seek balance. Authenticity will be encouraged & celebrated. I’m excited to get to know you! 

Sometimes we desperately want guidance. At other times, we just need someone to listen. Together, we will develop a therapeutic plan that is appropriate for you. We will work on identifying the changes needed for you to live well– something that looks different for everyone. I use research-supported interventions to facilitate my clients’ growth, utilizing a person-centered, humanistic approach. This form of therapy deeply emphasizes the worth of each individual, and the importance of recognizing and empathizing with unique experiences/circumstances. 

I am proud of the work I do helping people to strengthen their self-esteem & self-advocacy skills. In other words, we will increase your confidence and uncover your preexisting strength so that you can change what needs to change, ask for what you need, & stand up for what feels right for you. My primary focuses are therapy for children, adolescents, and emerging adults (sometimes called, “college-aged”). 

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Favorite piece of therapeutic advice:

You can’t approach therapy thinking that you need to “fix” yourself. That energy is super unloving and can actually slow you down. You are not broken. We are all on a journey to become our best selves. Together, we can polish preexisting strengths, unlearn behaviors, and change patterns, but I will never view you as something to be fixed.

I see that you are licensed to work in schools. How does your past work in that environment inform your practice in the therapeutic setting?

Many of us wish that we (or someone we care about) could have had a bit of added support during our time in elementary, junior high, and/or high school. While some adults forget that these aren’t always “the best years of your life”– I remember! I have witnessed how challenging they can be both first-hand and during my time working in schools. We need to all give our youth some credit– these years can be so difficult.

Social media & access to technology has, unfortunately, created a few more complications. I grew up during the rise of social media & technology-based education.While most schools do their best to create the least restrictive environment for their students, promises can sometimes fall short due to a lack of resources or staff burn-out. 

I am eager to serve as an advocate for both students & parents who are looking for support and guidance related to social-emotional support or concerns in school. Together, we can discuss what this will look like for your unique situation. 

Some fun facts about me:

  • I am a proud University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumni!
  • I very seriously considered a career in crisis negotiation.
  • I’ve lived in Maine, Los Angeles, Michigan, and Illinois.
  • I enjoy camping, being in nature, swimming, yin-yoga, and binge-watching bad scary movies.
  • I really, really, really love sushi.
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