Meet Erica

Erica BacherI am an Atlanta-native who attended Woodward Academy high school and then went on to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, I returned to Atlanta to teach history and psychology at Ben Franklin Academy high school. I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona where I spent time researching psychotherapy for self-criticism and how to make psychotherapy more effective. I went on to complete a clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. I am currently an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Emory University School of Medicine where I spend time providing clinical supervision.

I enjoy working with individuals struggling with a vast array of issues, including loneliness, self-criticism, trauma, stress, anxiety and depression. I also specialize in couples therapy and dating.

I have worked extensively in the area of health psychology helping people cope with chronic medical illnesses and make changes in health-related behaviors. In this work, I work hand-in-hand with medical treatment teams to provide a holistic approach to treatment, which addresses an individual’s physical and emotional well-being. I have provided consultation services for physicians and spent time facilitating a number of support groups in medical settings focusing on post-cancer recovery, diabetes management, and pain management. I have spent time teaching and training family medicine residents to help them be more effective in treating and interacting with their patients.

I have worked in a variety of treatment contexts, including primary care clinics, cancer treatment centers, college counseling centers, and outpatient mental health clinics. I have also been involved in an extensive line of research investigating interventions for depression and self-criticism, domestic violence, and predictors of suicidal behavior. I have presented at national conferences and is published in professional journals.

I specialize in providing service to individuals 16 years of age and older.