About Erin Patterson

Erin Patterson, MC, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California. She specializes in individual therapy for both adolescents and adults. Erin holds a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Family Based Treatment (FBT).

Telehealth: Tips for Successful Sessions

Telehealth is the use of electronic methods of communication (video, phone, etc.) to support distance health care.  In other words, you don’t have to come to the office to get the services you need.  This is an excellent way to stay connected with your therapist/dietitian while staying in the comfort of your own home.  Given [...]

By |2020-03-15T23:13:31+00:00March 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Telehealth: Tips for Successful Sessions

New offering: Loved Ones DBT Workshops

Are you currently learning DBT or have you in the past?  If so, you may have had the thought "I wish my partner knew some of this stuff" or "it would be so much easier if we (ie - parent, friend, spouse, etc.) were speaking the same language".  One of the first things that happens [...]

By |2020-03-15T23:08:23+00:00March 7th, 2020|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Distress Tolerance, Supports|Comments Off on New offering: Loved Ones DBT Workshops

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

How often do you compare yourself to others?  How much do you truly know about the person you are comparing yourself to?   Comparison can actually be a helpful skill and, in fact, it's one we teach in DBT.  Before I talk about the benefits of comparison, let's talk about the pitfalls.  Looking on to another person and/or [...]

By |2019-12-31T00:06:46+00:00August 18th, 2019|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Distress Tolerance|Comments Off on The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

The Unexpected Challenges of Gratitude

As we approach the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday there is an increasing focus on the concept of gratitude. Gratitude, which rhymes with "attitude," comes from the Latin word gratus, which means "thankful, pleasing." If you struggle with the concept of gratitude, you are not alone. Commonly, people say "how can I be grateful when I am [...]

By |2018-11-21T01:35:13+00:00November 21st, 2018|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Unexpected Challenges of Gratitude

Blaming and Finger Pointing

When conflict happens, it is natural to want to point the finger at the other party emphasizing what “they” need to change. Perhaps blaming is a defense mechanism or simply an easy way out. No matter how we label it, this strategy seems to be ineffective in making sustainable change in our personal lives and [...]


“A real sign of progress is when we no longer punish ourselves for our imperfections” - Yung Pueblo Imperfection is a part of the human condition.  In some cultures, a damaged or broken item is viewed as more precious than it was in its pristine form.  So, if this is the case, then why do [...]

By |2019-12-31T00:06:46+00:00November 15th, 2017|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness|Comments Off on Imperfection

I Want To Know…

How do you want to live your life?  What a powerful question and one that is likely very challenging to answer.  Consider this poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer called “The Invitation”. I remember reading this for the first time about ten years ago and I continue to come back to it at different times throughout [...]

By |2017-06-30T23:42:18+00:00June 30th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on I Want To Know…