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Meet Erika Bandilla, LISW


Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Northern Iowa

Master of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa


Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma


Erika is a Licensed Independent Social Worker based out of our Waterloo office who is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and groups experiencing several different stressors.  Using a myriad of therapeutic techniques, Erika focuses on your strengths, resilience, past successes, and insight to create a preferred future that feels attainable.  She firmly believes that the therapeutic process is a collaborative one, with focus on the client as the expert on their internal experiences.  Erika utilizes humor and empathy to create a sense of safety and rapport, as it is often the genuine and personal connection that creates the vehicle for change.  


The modalities Erika uses in session are geared toward the presenting concern and preference of each client and include components from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Schema Therapy.  Erika realizes that reaching out for mental health help can be one of the most daunting experiences a person can have.  Together, you will work to instill lasting coping and management skills to achieve the life you deserve. 

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