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The Purpose of Positive Psychology is

To Consider How People Can Achieve Greater Happiness

"Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008).


About Me

I have been in practice in Virginia for 9 years (both in person and tele-counseling). I began virtual practicing in Florida and Utah in 2022. Prior to changing my career, I worked in Healthcare Administration for Acute Care hospital companies for over 20 years, with 17 of those years being in a management role (including coaching, mentoring and training).

I received my Ph.D. in Health Psychology in 2018, from Walden University, which is also where I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. My dissertation focused on using video public service announcements to motivate people to engage in physical activity. In 2016 I completed a study abroad for 4 months to further my cultural understandings.

I have worked in both hospital and group practice settings before deciding to open my own private practice. During my time working in hospitals and group practice I gain experience with mood disorders, personality disorders, relationship counseling, and substance use recovery.


Once I opened my private practice, I narrowed my specialty to three areas:

  1. Anxiety due to a medical condition,

  2. ADHD Testing & Executive Function Counseling

  3. Bariatric Pre-Surgical Testing and Health and Wellness/Weight Management counseling. 

While I work with adults of all ages, my Solution Focused approach to therapy tends to work well with professionals at all levels. 

If you would like to read my article about motivating people to engage in physical activity via video Public Service Announcements, it has been published in the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. 

Click here


Professional Contributions:
Facts as Feelings Often Due to Timing

Building the Confidence to Manage Anxiety, ADHD, and Executive-Function

Mental Health Integrative Medicine Professional (2021)
Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (2019)
Compassion Fatigue Professional (2020)
Wellness and Nutrition Counseling (2017)

ADDitude Magazine


Specializing in Anxiety Due to a Medical Condition, ADHD and Executive Function,
and Bariatric/Wellness Therapy

Anxiety Due to a
Medical Condition
ADHD Testing & Executive Function
Bariatric Pre-Surgery Testing and Health & Wellness Counseling

With health anxiety the mind begins to misinterpret normal bodily sensations as dangerous. The body is very noisy. Healthy human bodies produce all sorts of physical symptoms that might feel uncomfortable, are unexpected, and unwanted, but not dangerous. 

After a medical issue we may start misinterpreting normal sensations in the body and begin to process that through fear based thinking.

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that affects mental health that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.


Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.

One of the requirements of undergoing bariatric surgery is to have pre-surgical psychological clearance. The ultimate goal of the bariatric psychological evaluation is to ensure your safety by identifying potential barriers and risk factors to your optimal weight loss and health post-surgery.

The surgeon referring you for evaluation also wants to ensure that you are informed and emotionally prepared for the surgery and the extensive changes that will occur post-surgery. 

LPC Supervision

Contact Me

Jennifer Erickson, Ph.D., LPC

For any questions you have, you can reach me here:

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After Hour Services

As a solo practitioner in an outpatient office I am not available for crisis counseling.


If you need emergency services please go to a local emergency room or call Crisis Services:

Henrico 804-727-8484 ; Hanover 804-365-4252 ; Richmond 804-819-4100; Chesterfield 804-748-6356

4235 Innslake Dr, Ste 210

Glen Allen, VA 23060


(Parking in Parking Deck shared with apartment to the left of my address). 

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