About Dr. Graham
Dr. Erin Graham specializes in multicultural counseling with ethnically diverse clients. Her theoretical orientation leans toward cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques while considering the influence of external factors (e.g., socio-cultural context and childhood experiences) that operate beyond individual control. She also has a strong interest in positive psychology, seeking to incorporate adaptive strengths-based approaches that harness the power of culture and identity whenever possible to promote resilience and well-being.
As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Graham values evidence-based practices and also relies heavily on detailed psychological evaluation and history gathering in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of her clients. Through this lens of understanding, she empowers her clients to trust themselves as experts in their own lives. Dr. Graham believes that no one has a monopoly on knowledge, and therefore works collaboratively with clients in an exchange of ideas, perspectives, and tactics to address their concerns.
Areas of Expertise and Treatment Modalities
- Anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobia)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma (emotional, sexual)
- Minority, Cultural, and Identity Issues
- Life Transitions and Adjustment
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Anger Management
- Relationship Difficulties (marriage, codependency, communication)
- Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
Dr. Graham’s therapy treatment modalities include:
- Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy for ages 18+
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Gottman Method for couples
- Positive Psychology
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Strengths-Based Therapy
Dr. Graham earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center). There she served on active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and went on to work at Recruit Training Command (Navy “boot camp”) evaluating incoming Navy recruits for psychological suitability for military service. Dr. Graham was later deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as head of the Stress Control Clinic where she managed the mental health needs of all deployed military service members.
Since leaving the military, Dr. Graham has cultivated her passion for the performing arts and entertainment industry. She has special interest in psychological consulting for television/film projects, working with writers, filmmakers, studios, and networks to develop authentic script content related to mental health and disorder.
Additionally, Dr. Graham currently works in psychiatry research at UCLA, managing a study of genetic risk for autism in the African American community. While implementing culturally sensitive research has been extremely rewarding for the past several years, she now joins the Rowan Center to return to her roots in clinical practice.
Dr. Graham is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California and her license number is PSY33159.