Adolescence is an exciting time of growth and change - and these changes can have a huge impact on both the adolescent and their families.

Teens begin to understand more about themselves and their place in the world with a focus on the future.

But for the young humans who have a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or a traumatic situation, these years are a major challenge.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that mental health-related issues often interfere with the academic success of kids and teens alike:

-High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as liklely to drop out compared to their peers

-Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.

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Erika Stewart Wheelhouse (She/Her)


Since 2009, Erika has assessed and worked with clients in a variety of settings including the juvenile court, schools, community mental health and addiction centers, and as a consultant in private practice.

In addition to treating adolescents and young adults struggling with Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and other significant mental health challenges, she has over 10 years of experience in helping her clients and their families to better understand and utilize the special education supports available to meet their individual academic needs.

Contact: Erika@StriveFamily.com


-Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Massachusetts

 -Boston College, Lynch School of Education - Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

We serve and support our LGBTQ+ clients with inclusive, compassionate treatment and gender-affirming care

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Ages: Adolescents and young adults ages 14 years through approximately 25 years

Treats: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health issues related to traumatic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); Anxiety and Depression

Accepting new clients: Yes. Appointments available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons/early evenings. Telehealth only at this time.

Types of Payments Accepted: Self-pay only at this time. Superbills available for out of network clients.

Modalities Used: Strength-based, client centered approach and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients gain the skills to better understand and manage their symptoms.

Therapy session via Telehealth/video: $125 per 50 minute session; initial intake $150 if required.

Additional Fees: Please cancel appointments at least 24-hours prior to session start time to avoid the late cancellation fee up to $135.

Please see our
Treatment Policies page for more information.

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Erika uses the following HIPAA compliant technologies:

TherapyNotes: Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and payments via their Client Portal.

Doxy.me: Video services for telehealth sessions.


For current clients:

To request appointment or to pay current bill Log into Client Portal via TherapyNotes

For new clients or those interested in learming more about therapy services:

Interested in scheduling an intake, or talking with Erika about becoming a client Please call 617-340-9101

Step-By-Step instructions for using our Client Portal:
Client Portal instructions

How to request an account, set-up, and use our
Client Portal on TherapyNotes.com

Our Client Portal allows clients to manage their appointments, payments, and sign important documents related to their care.



Available for families, community agencies, and schools (private and public):

Consultation to address the following:

-General information/education on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact the learning process

-Psychosocial assessment (does not include formal testing)

-Review of IEP or 504 Plan

-Planning goals / academic accommodations that are trauma-sensitive and supportive of the individual student

The Strive Family Resources (“Strive”) website provides general information about mental health resources. The website is intended for use by individuals (non-professionals) for non-commercial, personal purposes.

The information and resources on this website are intended to help individuals better understand the U.S. health care system, health services research and medical effectiveness, and diagnosed conditions, but not to provide specific medical or mental health advice. Individuals are urged to consult with their own qualified health care providers for all diagnosis and treatment, and for answers to personal health care questions.

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