About Erin Leach
Erin Leach earned her B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Towson University in 2003, followed by her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland in 2008. After completing post-graduate coursework focusing on behavioral intervention and child and family therapy, Erin became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and has been in private practice since 2011. A longtime yoga and meditation practitioner, Erin first became aware of the benefits of mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches in her work as an elementary school counselor. This inspired her to earn her 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher certifications, equipping her with the knowledge and skills to seamlessly integrate yoga and mindfulness into her counseling practice. Erin’s approach to therapy differs from traditional talk therapy in a number of ways. In addition to simply talking through challenges, the therapeutic process includes a combination of breath work, meditation, and mindful movement designed to meet each client’s unique, individual needs. The focus is on treating the whole person–mind AND body–using an inside-out and bottom-up model. The addition of breathing, meditation, and movement to therapy sessions (and everyday life) helps bring the nervous system into a more regulated state. When our nervous system is regulated, we can mentally shift into what is known as the “growth zone,” and that is where lasting change takes place. This holistic approach can be applied to clients of all ages–preschoolers through adults. Most of all, Erin believes that therapy does not have to be serious or boring. She currently works with children and adults and specializes in ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and Adjustment Disorders.