I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC # 94109) in private practice in Pasadena.  I graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in American History. After working as a teacher and counselor for youth and adolescents, I decided to receive formal training to become a therapist. I graduated from Fuller Seminary with a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.  My practicum and internship was spent at Hathaway-Sycamores where I provided school-based psychotherapy to children, teens, and families on culturally diverse issues such as interpersonal relationships, relational difficulties, communication problems, behavioral issues, substance use, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, psychological stress, depression and anxiety. I was trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caretakers overcome trauma-related difficulties. Additionally, I utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing to assist adolescents and their families in reaching their goals.

During my time at Hathaway- Sycamores, I joined a private practice in Monrovia that focused on assisting couples address stressors in their marriages, navigate separations and divorces, and rebuild and restore broken relationships.  I also worked with youth, adolescents, and young adults on a wide variety of issues.

Currently, in my private practice in Pasadena, I enjoy working with all age groups: individuals, couples, and families.  A theme that has occurred throughout my experience as a therapist is working with people with chronic medical illness, especially diabetes. I have both professional and personal experience with diabetes. Diagnosed at age 12, I have lived with Type 1 diabetes (T1d) since 1990. I also have a younger brother with T1d who was diagnosed in 1992.   Living and managing diabetes (type 1 or type 2) can be both emotionally and physically taxing.  It is very normal to experience anxiety, depression, or both while living with diabetes.  If you have experienced diabetes burnout, distress, or just feel like you can’t go on managing it all, I understand and can relate.  I would love to meet with you so we can work together to find a way to help you not only live, but even thrive with your diabetes.

Forsyth_Erika

Specializing in...

  • Working with people with chronic illness, specifically Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational)
  • Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults with anxiety, depression / Seeking support for transitions, school issues, relationships
  • Caregivers, Couples, and Families dealing with chronic illness, loss, marital stressors, and life transitions

Our Approach

Our Story

Credentials, Memberships, & Media

  • M.S.in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary
  • Frequent contributor on the Juicebox Podcast: https://www.juiceboxpodcast.com
  • Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program, ADA
  • Professional Membership of American Diabetes Association
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)