Erica Thibodeaux, MS, LPCC

I believe everyone has the ability to heal.


I use creative, empowering methods to evoke client-centered transformation that provide individuals, couples, and families with tools to take away with and use over their lifetime. Some of the methods I use are: somatic, focusing, re-wilding, eco/wilderness, earth and nature-based, mindfulness, Indigenous African Spirit Technologies, and ritual.

In addition to my clinical counseling experience, I’ve spent 27 years on a path of personal and spiritual development. During that time, I’ve been deeply fortunate to study with Lakota elder, Francine Straightarrow and to study and apprentice with Dagara Elder Malidoma Somé.

I work with the elements of nature to reveal the source of the discomfort, disharmony, dis-ease, and disconnection that is often the cause of pain, suffering, and trauma within a person, family, or ancestral lineage. I believe that healing occurs on multiple levels- emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual and that a holistic approach is vital to true wellbeing.

Education & Training


MS Community Mental Health Counseling, Winona State University, 2015

BS Architectural Studies, University of Louisiana, 2005

Certifications & Training

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Minnesota (MN #3246)

Student/ Apprentice of Malidoma Somé
2018 – present

Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)

Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies
with Malidoma Somé
Asheville, North Carolina
2018 – 2019

Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training
Firefly International

DC 0-5 Manual Training for Diagnosing Children
Minnesota Department of Human Service

The Play Project Autism Intervention Intensive Certification Training

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Medical University Of Southern California
Web-based 10-hour Training
January 2015

Childhood Trauma and Brain Development Training Course
Winona State University
Winona, Minn.

Motivational Interviewing Training Course
Winona State University
Winona, Minn.

Addiction Counseling Graduate Coursework
Winona State University
Winona, Minn.
2011 – Present

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Advanced Training
Omega Center
Rhinebeck, New York

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
University of Minnesota

Ropes Course Facilitator Certification
Winona, Minn.

Reiki 2 Certification

Peace Corps Volunteer

Reiki 1 Certification