♦ Erin Sumner, M.S., MFT ♦

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, also known as a psychotherapist.  I treat individuals, couples, and families.  My specialties include: Marital & Premarital Counseling, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sexual Abuse/ Assault, Relationship Issues, Familial Dysfunction, Spirituality Growth, Depression, Anxiety, and Personal Crises.

I am a firm believer in shopping around for the right therapist.  A strong alliance between a therapist and patient is key to the success of therapy.  Finding a therapist that fits your style and needs can be difficult but it is possible.  I genuinely want people to get the help that they need, whether that help comes from me or someone else. 

My style of therapy is not typical, mostly because of my personality.  I am deeply compassionate, and I allow myself to feel others' emotions so that I can help navigate through these emotions to find solutions.  I am direct, straight-forward, and I address necessary issues.  My role as a therapist is to support, teach, challenge, and guide patients so that they can create their own desired path.

I use a wide range of treatment modalities and theoretical orientations.  I do believe that our past shapes who we are, and understanding our past can shape who we will become.  I also believe in focusing on the present moment to find peace and happiness.  Lastly, I believe that when given the right tools, we can change our thoughts and behaviors through self-awareness and practice.

I currently see clients Tuesday through Friday with my first appointments starting at 10am and my last appointments starting at 6pm.

Please click on the "Contact" tab at the top for my office location in Signal Hill.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to read my Yelp reviews to see if I would be the right fit for you.

♦ Educational Background ♦

University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

♦ Contact Erin ♦

You are welcome to e-mail me if you have any questions about therapy or if you would like to schedule a session.  I respond to e-mails quickly- usually the same day. If for any reason you do not get a response within 48 hours, please contact me again.  I am not accepting phone calls from new clients at this time.  Once you are an established client of mine, I will provide you with my phone number.  If you have any concerns, please inform me via e-mail and I will do my best to assist you.