Erin McDowell, MA, CAGS, LMHC

Erin’s acts as a guide for clients on their journey toward self-awareness and self-discovery.  At Anchor Counseling Center, Inc. she helps clients learn to modify thoughts and behaviors that may not be working for them.  She strives to provide a safe and peaceful space in which clients can learn new coping skills to enable them to move toward their life goals. She tailors her counseling style to each individual client and works with them to ensure that they are comfortable with her therapeutic approach.


Erin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She completed her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) at Rhode Island College. Her most recent experience was in a community mental health setting, where she worked with a wide range of clients, including individuals living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. She has experience helping clients who are coping with low self-esteem, recovery from trauma, relationship and family issues, and adjustment to life changes.  Erin is experienced in treating individuals who are coping with codependency, including adult children of alcoholics/addicts or other dysfunction, and family members and partners of alcoholics/addicts.

Erin uses psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based interventions, catered to fit each client’s needs.  Erin feels that a supportive, caring, and honest relationship with each client is of the utmost importance, and she strives to maintain a present, compassionate and open-minded consciousness throughout the process.

Erin sees clients in East Providence and works with individual adult clients and adolescent clients ages 16 and up.

Intuitive Eating

Erin is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, available to work with adults who are struggling with compulsive overeating or binge eating.  If you have tried diets and they have not worked, then Intuitive Eating can reconnect you to your innate inner wisdom around eating.  Intuitive Eating offers an alternative to dieting that emphasizes self-understanding and self-compassion.  It is a holistic approach to eating; a process that enables you to learn to feel, trust, and honor your internal huger signals, and to use healthy coping skills in response to difficult feelings.

Intuitive Eating is based on the premise that dieting disconnects us from our natural wisdom, including our hunger and fullness signals, and it often creates a cycle of restriction and then eventual overeating, leading us to feel like failures. You are not a failure – the diet is. Dieting often leads to binge eating, greater obsession with food, and weight gain. There is another way. A way to regain pleasure and joy in the experience of eating any and all foods, while honoring and respecting your body, and ultimately arriving at a natural and healthy weight for you.  Erin is a therapist at Anchor Counseling Center, Inc.  and has office hours in our East Providence location.

Note: Intuitive Eating counseling is recommended for adults.  It is not an appropriate treatment for anorexia.

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