Dr. Erin Ott is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides short and long-term psychotherapy to older adolescents and adults across the lifespan. She specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, body image and disordered eating, trauma, and self-injurious behavior, in addition to relationship problems, life transitions, challenges surrounding gender and identity, and caregiver distress. Her experience also includes working with clients to manage chronic shame, self-criticism, and overwhelming negative thoughts.
As a client-centered, relational-focused integrative therapist, Dr. Ott’s therapeutic approach draws largely from an interpersonal-relational framework, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based therapies. Essential to her clinical practice is integration of multicultural theories to understand each client’s unique sociocultural context and lived experience.
In the therapy room, Dr. Ott’s style is characterized by warmth, openness, non-judgment, collaboration, and use of humor. With the belief that all individuals have the capacity to reach their desired growth and change, Dr. Ott guides her clients to become “unstuck” from patterns of relating to themselves, others, and the world that often hinder such growth and perpetuate emotional distress. It is through this process of self-understanding that Dr. Ott helps her clients gain a more empowered, holistic view of themselves, engage in more meaningful connection with others, and develop more effective ways of coping with life challenges.
Dr. Ott earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University, where she also earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kings County Hospital, where she received extensive training in trauma-related disorders and serious mental illness. She has worked in diverse treatment settings including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, college counseling centers, primary care clinics, and eating disorder programs. Dr. Ott earned her undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College where she studied psychology and gender studies.
In addition to her clinical practice at the Williamsburg Therapy Group, Dr. Ott works part-time in academia. She is an adjunct psychology professor at Fordham University, where she also conducts research on boys and men with eating disorders and the experiences of parents’ caring for a child with anorexia.