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Meet Erika

Erika has a warm and gentle approach, holding space for you to bring your whole self into the session. Erika is empathetic without judgment, and wants you to feel validated and seen. Erika also believes that therapy works best when there’s a strong therapeutic alliance and active collaboration between therapist and client, and invites feedback during each stage. Erika has training in various evidence based practices, but knows that each person needs their own individualized approach. During sessions, Erika will happily look at photos of your pets/kids or latest creative project, but Erika will also redirect and refocus you on therapeutic topics that will bring you closer to your goals.

Whether you are seeking deeper self-awareness, need someone to sit with you and your emotions, or are wanting to figure out what new skills might be helpful, Erika will be with you on the journey. 
Erika recognizes that at times, mental and chemical health issues can stem from our experiences living within broken systems, and wants to help you recognize your own strengths, learn how to navigate life’s challenges, and for you to feel empowered to become your own advocate.

When not working, Erika is likely hanging out with their spouse and pets (two cats and one dog), spending time outside, or tending to their ever-growing number of houseplants. Erika also enjoys listening to podcasts or watching niche documentaries, while working on various crochet or embroidery projects.


Erika Pieniniemi, MPS, LPCC, LADC
Specialty Areas

I am here to help

Substance Use Disorders


Anxiety and Depression

Trauma (PTSD, and other trauma concerns)

Teens age 16+
and Adults

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Education and License
Therapeutic Approach
Insurance Accepted

2019 Masters of Professional Studies (MPS): Integrated Behavioral Health, University of Minnesota

2014 Bachelor of Arts (BA): Psychology, minor: Family Violence Prevention, University of Minnesota

2019 Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), State of Minnesota

2022 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), State of Minnesota

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Trauma-Informed Therapy

Feminist/Queer Theories

Substance Abuse- Harm Reduction Model

Ego State/ Parts of Self Therapy


Preferred One


COMING SOON! Erika will be joining the Elevate team on 4/15/22 with limited availability and will be expanding availability on 6/1/2022! Contact us now to reserve a spot