Erin  Carnahan
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Erin Carnahan

She/Her/Hers

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, CCMHC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC National Certified Counselor, NCC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Pill Hill Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 9, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Identity development
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Shame

Professional statement

Erin Carnahan is a licensed mental health counselor based in Oakland, CA who provides online therapy to individuals with multiple marginalized identities and adults undergoing major life changes. Many of Erin’s clients come in to address painful experiences, religious trauma and abuse in un-affirming communities and relationships. She creates space and safety for people whose identities don’t fit neatly in one box to question and explore their identities and beliefs without judgment or condemnation. Erin is passionate about serving mixed-race and multicultural folks, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodivergent people, and ex-vangelicals or Christians deconstructing their faith.


Erin’s practice is grounded in Client-Centered and Feminist Therapy and frequently incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She collaborates with clients to unpack traumatic experiences and develop personalized strategies to dismantle and heal from harmful legacies of imposed and internalized beliefs.

In session, Erin continually works to acknowledge the layers of broader contexts to clients’ experiences (i.e. power imbalances in relationships, systems of oppression). In validating her clients’ experiences, Erin supports and empowers them towards greater acceptance and celebration of their intersectional identities and a life that is genuinely their own. 
Erin's style is warm, collaborative, and unconditionally accepting. When clients first start therapy, she respects and trusts their past and present experiences, boundaries, and self-knowledge to co-create a therapeutic environment and priorities that work for them
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Message to clients

Codeswitching, masking, being seen as "other," or feeling unsafe to be your whole self is exhausting and isolating; I hope that therapy can be at least one space and relationship where you don't have to hold anything back. You don't have to be alone even in the loneliness of being invalidated, silenced, or barely tolerated. While I won't presume to know your specific life experience, you also don't have to educate me either. In my trauma-informed, feminist, and strengths-based approach to counseling, you won't be getting preached at or pathologized -- we go at your pace and guided by your values towards the goals we identify together. Pursuing therapy takes vulnerability and courage, particularly if you've lived with cultural taboos around addressing mental and emotional health or had poor experiences with counselors in the past. You've already taken a crucial step by checking out therapist profiles; if you're up for taking another one, I encourage you to book a free consultation call with me.


Specialties

Identity development - Accepting and strengthening one’s intersectional sense of self; connecting with one's embodied experience of emotions, needs, values, beliefs, and desires; integrating experiences related to race, class, gender, neurotype, sexual orientation, and disabiility

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Affirming and exploring romantic and sexual orientations, gender identity and presentations, polyamory and kink; challenging and coping with compulsive heterosexuality, allonormativity, discrimination, oppression, internalized homophobia and/or transphobia; navigating relationship, family, spiritual, community and/or cultural challenges

Race & cultural identity - Examining topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins, personal identity, and community relationships; navigating code-switching and having mixed/multiple racial and cultural backgrounds or experiences

Spirituality & religion - Looking at personal beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health; processing and deconstructing religious influences, experiences, and/or traumas; developing a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender expansive identities; affirming support throughout transitioning (if/as desired) and daily life at home, at work, and/or in community

Shame - Investigating how shame shows up in one’s life and its origins, especially relating to evangelicalism/Christianity, being labeled as "gifted" and/or under-achieving, and familial/cultural expectations and social norms; disentangling one's sense of worth from shame




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Erin Carnahan is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-5pm
  • Tue 1pm-5pm
  • Wed 10am-5pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Pill Hill practice
2940 Summit St., Oakland, California 94609
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-5pm
  • Tue 1pm-5pm
  • Wed 10am-5pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Living Oak Counseling, 2020 - Present
Earth Circles Counseling Center, 2017 - Present
Christian Counseling Centers, 2017 - 2021
Lincoln Families, 2016 - 2017
Wheaton College Counseling Center, 2015 - 2016

Wheaton College Graduate School, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
Whitman College, B.A. in Psychology, 2009


Licensure

California: 9075


Languages

English