Erin Swanson, LPC

Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Her passion for helping others brought her to the counseling field and motivates her to continue to develop and grow as a counselor. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University.

Clinical Specialties & Counseling Approaches 

Erin works online and in-person with individual adults age 18 and up and plans to launch group(s) at Free Spirit in the future.  She supports clients seeking assistance with areas such as: life transitions, stress management, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, young adult life, relationship issues, self-esteem, motivation building, substance abuse, trauma, co-occurring disorders, military life, college life, and women’s issues. She integrates tools and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma informed therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Professional Philosophy

In her own words, “Everyone deserves a safe place to share and examine their feelings, concerns, questions, and hopes. I think every person is an expert in themselves and is on a unique journey to create meaning in their lives. On this journey there may be obstacles, forks in the road, and unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes it helps to have someone walk with you for a while.  As a counselor, I want to help individuals explore how to navigate challenges using their strengths, while remembering to celebrate their successes along the way.”

Clinical Experience

Erin’s first experience in the mental health field was as a volunteer for a crisis hotline in college. While working on the hotline, she realized she had a passion for helping others that she could not ignore. She went to graduate school to become a counselor. Over the years, Erin has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She worked for a community mental health agency for several years. While there she worked as an emergency services counselor, youth crisis lead counselor, and outpatient mental health counselor. She has experience leading various groups, including substance abuse groups and psychoeducational wellness groups. She completed her residency in counseling and obtained her LPC credential in Virginia.

Educational Background

Erin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance from Virginia Tech. She then completed her Master’s degree in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling from East Carolina University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education -Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University.

Fun Facts About Erin

  • Erin loves baking while jamming to any type of music.
  • She also loves to sing, cook, spend time with her family, and watch documentaries.
  • She never misses a chance to cheer on the Hokies.
  • Her favorite color is Dark Chartreuse.
  • Her favorite band is Matchbox 20.


Book an appointment directly with Erin at erin@freespiritonline .org or at 757-241-4901.