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Erika Kao

(she/her)

Erika Kao

LSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

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Hello! I'm Erika, a licensed social worker and psychotherapist dedicated to helping couples navigate the complexities of relationships. I'm here to guide you on your journey towards deeper understanding and connection with your partner.

My journey into psychotherapy began with a profound belief in the power of human connection. I'm fascinated by the intricate dance of emotions and the impact they have on our relationships.

From communication breakdowns to navigating conflicting emotions, I've seen it all. That's why my approach is rooted in compassion, security, and empathy. I provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings freely, without fear of criticism or shame. I'm here to support you every step of the way.

My Approach

Are you and your partner feeling distant lately, struggling to bridge the gap in your communication? Relationships and family dynamics can be complex. Sometimes, we find ourselves in need of an external perspective to navigate through the challenges and build sturdy, loving connections.

In my practice, I approach couples therapy with a blend of empathy and practicality. I create a nurturing environment where both partners feel safe to express themselves openly and delve into the intricacies of their emotions. Through gentle guidance, we explore the underlying issues, untangling the knots of misunderstanding and frustration that may have built up over time.

Effective communication lies at the heart of any successful relationship. However, mastering this skill isn't always straightforward. I'm here to help you not only become better communicators but also attentive listeners. By fostering a culture of mutual respect and understanding, we pave the way for deeper connections and more meaningful interactions.

Whatever challenges your relationship is facing, I offer tailored support to address your needs. Together, we'll unearth the root causes of conflict, develop healthier communication strategies, and cultivate a renewed sense of empathy and closeness.

Additionally, I specialize in working with couples navigating the turbulent waters of addiction and recovery. Substance abuse doesn't just affect the individual; it can erode the very fabric of a relationship. My holistic approach to therapy addresses both the addiction itself and the underlying relational issues, guiding you towards healing and recovery as a unit.

It's essential to recognize and honor the diverse identities and experiences within the LGBTQIA community. I provide a safe and affirming space where individuals and couples can explore their challenges without fear of judgment. Whether it's navigating coming out, managing family dynamics, or confronting discrimination, I'm here to offer compassionate support every step of the way.

Embarking on a journey of therapy can feel daunting, but I strive to create a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can feel truly seen and heard. Our sessions are not just about exploration; they're about equipping you with practical tools and techniques to navigate the complexities of your relationship with confidence and resilience.

Thank you for considering me as your partner on this transformative journey towards greater connection and fulfillment. I'm eager to walk alongside you and support you in realizing your relationship goals, whatever they may be.

Specialties

Anger Management, Anxiety & Depression, Co-parenting, Coping Skills, Divorce, Family Conflict, Infidelity, LGBTQIA+ Care, Life Transitions, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Phobias, Recovery & Sobriety, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse & Assault, Stress, Trauma & PTSD, Women’s Issues, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Codependency, Grief & Loss, Marital/Premarital, Relationship Issues, Seniors (65+), Workplace & Career, Cancer/ Pain/ Chronic Illness, ADD & ADHD

Session Locations

Bloomfield, Telehealth: NJ, Telehealth: NY, Telehealth: PA

Availability

Evenings, Weekends, Sunday - Thursday

Populations

Adults

Languages Spoken

English

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Erika Kao

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Text/Call: (973) 814-2983

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