Signal Hill ~ Long Beach

Erin Sumner, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, also known as a psychotherapist.  I treat adult individuals (26 years & up), couples, and families.  My specialties include: Marital, Premarital, & Couples 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.

Education & Credentials

2002 - University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

2005 - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

2008 - California State License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT46588

Contact Erin

You are welcome to email me if you have any interest or questions about therapy.  I respond to emails quickly- usually the same day. If for any reason you do not get a response within 48 hours, please contact me again. I correspond only through email for all non-urgent communication.