Erin Antenen, LICSW
Therapist specializing in women's cancer care.
I am an oncology social worker and psychotherapist. I am passionate about working with women with cancer, particularly breast cancer. Prior to starting a private practice I worked as the only social worker in a large community cancer center in Maryland. I am knowledgeable about many types of cancer, and treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. I have experience navigating complex systems to help with questions about insurance, disability, and employment. I also have experience in hospice and psychosocial support at the end of life, and helping those caring for a loved one with cancer.
My therapeutic style is warm, empathetic, and supportive. I approach cancer from a whole-person perspective and believe that emotional and spiritual health is an important part of healing and overall wellness. I work within a humanistic framework, which emphasizes your inherent strengths and encourages self-exploration. I teach coping skills for getting through this stressful time of life, and use elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy to help reframe how you think about yourself and your diagnosis. I also have experience in couple's counseling and I am happy to offer occasional couple or family sessions to discuss concerns together, although my primary role as your therapist is to support you as an individual.
In our work together, I create space for you to process and grow through your experience with cancer. Therapy offers a safe place to ask questions, to think creatively and problem solve, and to let yourself be vulnerable during this difficult time. I also recognize that cancer doesn't happen in a vacuum, and invite you to discuss the other issues in your life that affect your ability to cope with your diagnosis.
I look forward to working with you!
Education and Training:
Masters of Social Worker, Widener University
Masters of Human Sexuality Education, Widener University
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification, Bryn Mawr College
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Core Training, Montgomery Hospice
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Washington State, License # LW60841888