49 minutes | Oct 6, 2020

Episode 19: Erin Bircher - Psychotherapist and Life Coach

In this episode, we learn more about another amazing 12 Oaks neighbor.  I am talking with the Maggy Award winner for Best Therapist in Western Wake and the Food Truck Queen of 12 Oaks. She was also a finalist during Indy Week, Best of the Triangle 2020 for Best Couples Therapist and Best Therapist. We talk about her move from Rhode Island, Virginia, then Florida and finally to North Carolina.    Erin Bircher is a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and owner and founder of Foundations 4-Change.   She helps individuals break through barriers, work through difficult situations, set boundaries, and helps to explore any limiting belief systems that may be preventing them from leading the life they truly desire.  Erin was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  At the age of two, she and her mom moved to Northern Virginia where she grew up in the small town of Leesburg.  After graduating high school, Erin’s mom told her she had to take at least one class at the local community college.  She ended up taking psychology and that class captured Erin’s love and focus on what she wanted to do with her life.  Erin has been married to her husband Jay since 2017 and has two boys, Ashton and Dylan.  It was wonderful getting to know Erin and learning more about her and how she helps people every day through some of the most difficult times in their lives. We are so fortunate to have Erin as our neighbor and soon to be a friend to many more of us.  In This Episode: [02:35] Welcome Erin Bircher our 18th “P” in the pod[cast]. She is a Psychotherapist and Life Coach.   [04:52] In 2003, she moved to Miami to gain her Masters of Counseling degree from Florida International University.  [06:11] In 2019, Erin completed the certification to become a Life Coach.  [08:23] She grew up in the small town of Leesburg, Virginia.  She played a lot of soccer growing up and also spent a lot of time working with children.  [09:24] Even though Erin had no interest in college her mom pushed her to take one class at the community college.  The one class she took was psychology and she realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.   [10:07] She went to the Dominican Republic and worked in an orphanage for a week.  It was a life changing experience.  [11:22] She values all of her experiences because she has learned and grown a lot and she has helped a lot of people because of the things she has gone through.   [11:56] She has a true love of the outdoors which she credits to growing up on 8-10 acres as a child.   [13:08] Respect goes a long way.  Everybody wants to feel appreciated and respected. [13:47] One of the biggest things that stood out to Erin is the importance of working hard.   [15:19] Erin shares why she fell in love with psychology.      [16:14] Working in the Nonprofit Agencies was a lot of hard work, she learned a lot, and it laid the groundwork for what she is doing now.   [18:12] She shares that everyone that comes into therapy has some aspect of their life that they want to be different, so they have to do something different. [20:12] She realized that the more vulnerable that she became, the more vulnerable her clients became.   [21:25] Erin tells what it's like as a Day in the Life of a psychotherapist.  It is different since the pandemic because now she sees her clients virtually.  [22:52] At first the virtual meetings were hard for Erin because she liked sitting with people, but she is getting used to it now.  [25:35] Being a life coach opens up more doors for Erin to be able to do different work in different capacities and mix it up.  [27:14] In the next 5-10 years Erin hopes to be doing more speaking engagements and workshops. She is putting her hands in different areas and meeting new people to see what different doors open.    [29:45] She is working towards different credentials for life coaching.   [31:44] Erin is the Food Truck Queen of 12 Oaks and is excited to host more food trucks in the future.  [34:30] Erin met Jay online. They had an instant commonality because of their fur babies.  They met downtown at a restaurant and they hit it off.   [35:29] Erin and Jay like to stay busy, travel a lot, and have fun.   [36:47] She shares how there's never a dull moment hanging out with her boys.  They are full of life and always want to be on the go. They love their two golden doodles and their bernedoodle.  [38:50] Why did you choose 12 Oaks?  They have lived in 12 Oaks for 4 years.  [40:34] If you’re looking for resort style living with a lot of fun and different activities for all different ages 12 Oaks is your place to be.  [42:22] What are you most proud of? [43:23] If you had a do-over in life, what would it be? [45:04] In the closing chapter of your life, what would the work you’ve done say about you? [46:04] Is there a question I should have asked but I didn’t? Links and Resources for Episode 19 12 Oaks Community Website Team Anderson Realty All About Erin Bircher: Erin’s early years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leesburg,_Virginia  Erin’s Higher Education: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_University https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_International_University InterAct: https://interactofwake.org Erin, the Founder of her Business: https://www.foundations4change.com Emotional PPE Project: https://www.today.com/health/mental-health-support-health-care-workers-emotional-ppe-project-more-t188246 The 3 Bircher 4-legged kids…Titan, Scarlett, and Brutus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldendoodle Erin’s 2020 Maggy Award - Cary Magazine’s Jan/Feb 2020 Edition: https://www.carymagazine.com/series/2020-01jan/
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