Dallas Therapy Collective
Erin Shapiro, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Psychotherapy with adults
Erin takes BCBS PPO and Scott & White insurance plans. She is also an out of network provider, meaning she will give you forms to self-file your insurance if your plan covers OON services.
Does this sound like you?
You feel lost, like you don’t even know who you are anymore. You find yourself so caught up in taking care of others that you are burnt out and wishing for someone to take care of you for once. It feels like everyone else is getting the best of you and by the time your day is over, there is nothing left for you. You have a hard time saying no because you worry that people won’t like you if you do, yet you often feel that people are taking advantage of you. Things that have helped in the past no longer work or they aren’t as satisfying as they once were.
Maybe you often find yourself in relationships or friendships that feel one-sided, unfulfilling, or even abusive yet you are afraid to move on for fear that you will feel even more alone.
Maybe you find yourself endlessly worried about what others think about you and fearing that they think you are mean, bad, or unlikable. Sometimes you wish you cared less about what other people think but have a difficult time moving past these thoughts.
Maybe you feel that life is just passing you by but you aren’t sure that you know how to live your best life. You might even feel guilty or ungrateful for not being more appreciative of what you do have.
Maybe you worry that this is “as good as it gets” and you fear that things will never get better.
Maybe things have happened in your past that have led you to a place where you think you deserve how you feel now and you may have resigned yourself to this unsatisfying existence.
As stuck as you feel, you still have the courage to hope that things could be different. Reaching out for help is scary but it is the first step to a better, happier life.
Therapy Can Help
Therapy is a space that is all about you. It is an investment in yourself that allows you to work on becoming the person you want to be and live the life you want to live. If you are here, at least some small part of you has hope that things can change. It’s okay to be skeptical. Sometimes the idea that things can get better feels too good to be true but it’s not. Therapy is hard work but it’s also life-changing.
How I can help…
I see my clients as the experts on their own lives. You have lived everything you have ever experienced and it’s not my job to tell you about yourself. Instead, my goal is to understand you and what you’ve experienced and how it affects the way you think, feel, and act. Through that exploration, I also learn about the things that are working for you and the things you want to change. We will set goals so we are working on things that are important to you. My job as your therapist is to empower, support, and help you become the person you want to be by working towards these goals.
I’m very non-directive in my therapy so you have the ability to set the agenda for our sessions. This means that you choose what to bring into session and when. We can spend time on past events that you want to process or we can talk about more current goings-on – it’s up to you. I will never force you to talk about something that makes you uncomfortable or you’re not ready to dive into. For many of my clients having this autonomy and control helps them to feel more comfortable. I am here to facilitate your process, not to direct you. We sometimes will work on building appropriate skills to help you cope with your everyday life and other times we will spend more time talking about your emotions. And all of this is done within the therapeutic relationship that we build together so you can feel safe and confident in the process.
When I’m not at work…
I’m usually spending time with my family and exploring various museums and parks. If I have a quiet day to myself I’m usually baking, or reading a good book with a cup of coffee in hand! I’m also a huge hockey fan and spend quite a bit of time at the AAC – go Stars!
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling, University of New Orleans, 2008
- Bachelors of the Arts (BA), Texas A&M University, 2005
- Licensed Professional Counselor #80196 (Texas)
- Nationally Certified Counselor #247430
My Full Specialties Include:
- Women’s emotional health
- College students
- Life transitions
- Relationship violence
- Emotional or verbal abuse
- Sexual assault or abuse
- Identity exploration
- LGBTQIA+ identities
- Grief & loss
- Personal growth
- Self-esteem & self-worth
- Postpartum concerns