Registered Play Therapist
“I adore working with children and their parents. Children are incredibly creative, genuine and resilient. Parenting a child, however, is not easy. However, when the focus in on the relationship, amazing things can occur. This is why I love my job- I get to watch great things happen every day in the lives of so many different families.”
Erin (Pridgen) Nicolas, M.S. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Her interests include working with children and their parents. Her areas of specialty include working with children struggling with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, divorce, grief, behavioral issues, and self-esteem. As a play therapist, Erin makes use of both directive and non-directive approaches with her child-clients based on their individual needs. Erin utilizes the creative and playful nature of children to enhance their resiliency and coping abilities with whatever struggles they may face in a welcoming and supportive environment. Erin is also extremely passionate about working with parents on strengthening the parent-child relationship and developing sound parenting skills. The more parents are involved in therapy then more growth can occur with children. Additionally, Erin leads divorce care groups for children at the Summit Counseling Center.
Erin has a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before becoming a licensed counselor, Erin was a behavior data specialist and clinical specialist at the Marcus Autism Center (formerly the Marcus Institute) where she conducted behavioral therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum. Since 2008, Erin as worked in private practice settings conducting individual and group therapy with children and their parents.
Erin lives in Johns Creek and attends North Point Community Church with her husband. Together, they enjoy going for bike rides on the Greenway, cooking/baking delicious goodies, and traveling to new places.
Erin is a member at Mount Pisgah UMC along with her family.
- BS in Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- MS in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University
Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Affiliations:
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Nationally Certified Counselor
- Registered Play Therapist
- Member, Association for Play Therapy, Georgia Chapter
- Caring 4 Kids thru Divorce
- Keeping your kids Cool, Calm, and Collected (anxiety talk or anxiety and self-esteem)
- Bringing Back the Bounce (Resilience talk)
- Parenting 911
- Coaching your Kids in Conflict Resolution