I provide an accepting, encouraging space in which you can explore thoughts and feelings and get clear about next steps. With support, you can feel at ease and take time for yourself to heal from difficult circumstances, reflect on transitions, honor emotions, or take positive steps to cope with challenges and feel better. A trusting relationship, careful listening, and genuine feedback are most important to me. I admire the way my clients use the process to care for themselves, grow, and be proactive about their lives.
Education and Training
Dr. Erin Leyba completed her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her doctorate (Ph.D.) in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned the Provost’s Award for Graduate Research on strengths-based social work.
Dr. Leyba integrates internal family systems, solution-focused, narrative, cognitive behavioral, and life span approaches into her counseling practice. She has advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy at the Center for Self Leadership and has attended diverse trainings in/from Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), the Child Anxiety Network and other institutions. She is also a Program Educator for the Gottman Institute’s Bringing Baby Home © and Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work © seminars.
Dr. Leyba has taught masters and doctoral level practice, policy, and research courses in the Social Work programs at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught Child Development, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, School Social Work Practice, School Social Work Policy, Social Welfare Policy and Services, and other courses. She has been a presenter for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Victories of the Heart, The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW), School Social Workers of America (SSWA), La Leche League (LLL), Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Parenthesis Family Center, the Northside Parents Network (NPN), the School for Little Children (SLC), pediatric therapy clinics, twins groups, support groups, and a variety of other parent groups. She has also been a guest on radio shows including the Kim Pagano show, Uplift Your Life with Paula Joyce, Positive Parenting show with Armin Brott, Linda Joy / Aspire Magazine show, The Full Life podcast, Ethan Bearman of KGO radio, George Whitton of Life is Meant to Be Good, and more.
Dr. Leyba has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on strengths-based social work that have been published in Children & Schools, School Social Work Journal, and School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research Perspectives.
She writes regularly about parenting and partnering with presence and joy. Her articles have been featured on Psychology Today, Your Tango, Working Mother, Blog Her, Positive Parents and Kids, Hello Dearest, The Elephant Journal, Great Moments in Parenting, Motherly, Giggle Magazine, Psych Central, and other sites.