About Dr. Erika Beckles Camez
Change, growth and adaptation are all natural phenomena that every living being experiences. We have a built-in desire to be interdependent, to create meaningful change and influence in the world around us. I help my clients to create a framework that allows them to connect with themselves, their peers, and the systems around them in ways that foster constant opportunities for growth and learning.
Our ideas and beliefs guide the themes, patterns, and relationships that affect our life experiences… and we take them with us everywhere we go. We take them into our relationships, to work, and we make small and large decisions based on our beliefs every day.
The tricky part is that so much of our beliefs are a mix of emotional injuries from our childhood. Repeated moments of facing adversity, failure, and traumatic memories cause us to ignore, silence, or overcompensate for these uncomfortable and unresolved emotions. When we are unaware of how these battles drive the decisions that affect the quality of our relationships and work, we lose control over our own lives.
In our time together, I will help you explore the areas that impact your decisions, feelings, and understanding of the world around you. We will work together to identify your goals and create a roadmap to them.
Having the ability to learn, grow, and adapt is our biggest asset. I will help you to intentionally examine parts of yourself, your relationships, and your experiences to gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of yourself, others, and how you interact with the world around you.
We should not aim for lives that are perfect or absent of hardship, but we should learn from those experiences and use them as opportunities to grow. I will support you as you face your challenges by committing to facilitate your understanding, insight, direction, and growth.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University San Marcos, CA. I earned my Master’s degree and certificate in Latin American Family Therapy from Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, where I participated in national and international therapeutic trainings and presentations in Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. In 2011, I earned my PhD from Syracuse University, NY and was awarded with a Doctoral Fellowship.
Afterwards, I returned to California, where I currently have my license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I have completed rigorous training in Emotional Focused Therapy, an evidenced based therapeutic approach in working with couples. I have also worked for several large corporations and held leadership and executive positions and learned about the powerful application of Executive Coaching and Business Psychology. Most recently, I earned my Master’s in Business and Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands.
Areas of Work:
The therapeutic work that clients and I do together includes: Infertility, Postpartum, Life Adjustment, Parenthood, Individual, Couples, Family, Life Transitions (i.e. Divorce, Death), Health Conditions, Bariatric Surgery, Cultural/ Identity, Community Mental Health Projects, Inclusion and Diversity, Trauma, School-Based Counseling, Faith Based Counseling, Retreats and Groups.
The consultation that I offer to clients includes: Emotional Intelligence Executive Coaching, Developing Learning Organizations for Small Businesses (i.e. Small- Moderate sized organizations and Small Family Businesses).
When not doing therapy, I love to read, hike, and go on day trips. I currently reside in Southern California with my family.
I look forward to hearing your story and working with you!