Pacific Mind Institute provides a full range of counseling services.
We have experience in treatment of the following:
Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
Support for caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer's
Children's Behavioral Issues
Now offering HIPPA secure video conferencing! You can have your counseling session right in the comfort of your home or office!!
No matter what your struggle, we will find solutions. You will feel respected and supported as we work to get you the tools you desire to change your present circumstances. Whether your child is struggling, or you want direction as a parent, we can figure out how to best support you and your child. There is hope. Together we will find a way to get you and/or your children to where you know want to be.
Play therapy is the most natural and developmentally sensitive way to allow a child to express their feelings and/or experiences with a therapist. It is recognized by professionals and organizations worldwide as a highly effective tool for children to process events in their lives and reach their optimal growth and development.
"My daughter, Amy, began receiving therapy with Erica Van Leuven approximately 2 years ago, after being referred by her pediatrician. Amy (who was just 3 at the time) began having seizures 1 year prior to this, and her seizures continued off and on for over a year. Multiple tests had been done, and she was given many different medications in an attempt to get her seizures under control. However, it still felt like something was missing to me. At this time, I was sharing custody of my children with my ex-husband who lived out of state. Amy seemed so sensitive and fragile during these transitions, and it was very apparent that her stress levels increased significantly during times of change. She always looked worried, jumpy, anxious, and scared. She needed almost constant reassurance, and separating from me was nearly impossible. I remember trying so hard to get her so sleep in her own room, and that was just not going to happen. I remember thinking that we were making progress when I finally was able to get her to stop sleeping in my bed with me, but only because I put her toddler bed RIGHT next to my bed in my room. She would wake up in the middle of the night crying, seemingly for no reason. And all throughout the day, she needed to be held. As a parent, it was exhausting, but my heart broke for her, because I didn't know what to do to help her. At our very first appointment, Erica instantly put me at ease, and she connected with Amy right away. She was so warm, and so compassionate, and understanding. I could tell that she was genuinely interested in my daughter, and was excited to help her. What transpired after that has truly been the biggest blessing of my life. Throughout these last couple years of counseling, I have learned so much about my daughter, and anxiety, and how it affects her. And what is truly amazing, is how it has helped Amy. Amy now has so many tools to help her regulate her emotions, and even at just the young age of 5, she is able to understand her own feelings, and express herself to others. She knows what she needs to feel safe and secure, and counseling has helped her to achieve this. I was reminded of this just the other day. I volunteered in Amy's kindergarten class and the teacher's aid said to me "I just love your daughter! She is always so sweet. And she's really cute because she will come up to me and tell me "I am having a great day today!" or sometimes she will tell me "Today I'm not having such a great day, but I can do hard things!". Amy now is so aware of her own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. She is such a confident, and bright, energetic, sweet little girl. I am so very grateful for the kind care that she received through Erica Van Leuven." Mother of Amy
Client Testimonial "When I first met Erica, the self-doubt I had in my parenting abilities deeply affected my relationship with my four year old son, as well as his behavior. I was overwhelmed and knew that my son and I needed an outsider's perspective and assistance. Erica's calming and accepting demeanor immediately put both my son and I at ease. Observing my son develop such a healthy relationship with Erica instilled confidence inside of me knowing that she was there to help us grow as mother and child. Because of the knowledge and help that she provided, I can now say that my relationship with my son has never been stronger. Not only that, but because of her unwavering belief in me, I have developed a strong belief in myself and my parenting abilities." Elizabeth - mom of 4 year old