Welcome to my practice!
My name is Erika T. Kendrick and my mission is to empower women to gain the confidence they need in order to create a life that they love and desire. My speciality… restoring hope!
My journey is one of hope, triumph, and downright perseverance. I’m always a work in progress and my experiences have shaped me into the person that I am today. I can truly say that I’m more hopeful, confident, and along my journey I continue to work towards and adopt those things that I truly desire in my life. However, my story didn’t begin that way. Let me take you to the beginning.
In my late teens and throughout early adulthood, from the outside looking in I had it ALL together. I was going to be somebody pretty darn special (at least that’s what people told me). There was hardly anything that I couldn’t do or have when I put my mind to it. I was the girl that people looked up to, depended on, aspired to be like, and expected to be the symbol of perfection.
However, from the inside looking out, there was something totally different going on. Even perfection has its limits and I later came to the realization that I somehow wasn’t turning out to be the person that people put me on a pedestal to be. I was failing miserably…and failing was the one thing I wasn’t good at.
Depression is REAL…
A pivotal moment in my life was in November of 1994. I had a hard time adjusting to life. I felt awkward. I could be surrounded by people and still feel alone. As time progressed, I was more isolative and had difficulty making and maintaining friendships. I was unsure of myself. I experienced a major break-up that left me feeling worthless, rejected, and not good enough. Not too soon after, I was the victim of a violent crime. I could no longer paint a smile on my pain, dress it up real pretty so no one would notice, or throw a pair of shades on it to give it some glamour. I was slowly losing the battle and spiraled into a major depression.
The Turning Point…
On 1/8/95, I gave my life to Christ. This was a pivotal moment for me. I hadn’t been “raised in the church” or previously adopted any type of religious or spiritual lifestyle. Depression didn’t end there for me though. I battled for so long because I was told that as a Christian you’re not supposed to be depressed and you’re supposed to be able to pray it away or just shake it off. I was afraid to tell people how I really felt because I was supposed to be strong and just get over it because “things weren’t that bad.” Instead, I chose to paint a smile on my face but inside, I was sad. The cycle continued and I found myself in a web of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and unhealthy relationships. Before I realized, it began to permeate every area of my life.
But remember I told you that my journey is one of hope, triumph, and downright perseverance. It took A LOT of work on myself and my beliefs about the world to get to a place of peace…that peace that surpasses all understanding. My story has yet to end but the ending to those dark places I found through my hope in Jesus Christ. I’m a firm believer that “all things work together for good to them that love God…” All of my pain was for a purpose. And you know what that purpose was? To be qualified to help you!
I may not have experienced what you’re experiencing, but I have had my share of experiences that puts me in a position of relating to yours. I can provide you hope.
I may not know how you feel, but I do know and understand how depression & anxiety feels. I have the tools to help you overcome and become more confident.
I wasn’t always content and was once lost, not knowing which direction to go in, or what I even wanted to do with my life. I can help you reignite your desires.
What I’ve learned:
Along my journey I have learned some life changing lessons. They have helped carry me through and have helped me to successfully navigate life’s challenges and obstacles. Prayerfully, with guidance, they can help you too.
• Nothing lasts forever…not even pain. Your moment of pivot will come.
• Don’t ever give up. EVER! You are worthy, you are enough, and you are absolutely fabulous!
• Anything worth overcoming takes work. Use all of your resources. Do the work.
• There’s enough hope to go around. You may feel like you’ve missed out but know that there’s a portion for you. Your time will come.
• Your thoughts can change your experience. Think of your challenges and setbacks as stepping-stones, not obstacles. Begin to stack ‘em up, step up, and rise to the top!
• Your pain remains your pain unless you choose to turn it into purpose. Repurpose your pain; there’s someone waiting on you to help them.
• Life doesn’t always go as planned. It may not be the course that you’ve mapped out for yourself and it may not be the obstacles that you anticipated would get in the way. But know that whatever you’re striving for, it’s never too late. NEVER!
My Professional Bio
Erika T. Kendrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and an Executive and Personal Coach. Her passion is to empower women to regain hope, confidence, and desire. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and helping women who have a general feeling of “stuck” in their lives.
She holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a MA in Counseling Psychology from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. She also holds a Certification in Personal and Executive Coaching from Valorie Burton’s Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute.
She has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field treating a wide range of individuals in both public and private sectors.
In addition to providing therapy, Erika also works as at Utilization Review Specialist for an intensive mental health/substance abuse treatment program. In this role, she advocates on behalf of clients for their insurance to provide compensation for their behavioral health treatment.
Erika resides in NJ and when she’s not working she enjoys writing, live music, restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughter, family, and friends.