Erica Chow (Vien) , PsyD



Northern Virginia

Ages Treated

Ages 5 through 21

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Erica Chow is a licensed clinical psychologist who uses a client-centered, systemic, and humanistic approach to treatment while highlighting cognitive-behavioral, emotional, and relational aspects. She creates a sense of safety and trust, so that each patient is comfortable exploring and working through their own  unique story. Dr. Chow uses her positive energy, sense of humor, compassion, and warmth in developing positive relationship with children and teens so that they can gain stability and self-confidence.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Chow specializes in working with school-aged children and adolescents who experience anxiety, adjustment related challenges (e.g., new school, new routine, changes in family dynamics, etc.), symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral concerns, depression, social skills deficits, and trauma. Dr. Chow uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and play therapy approaches when working with children and adolescents. For therapy to be effective, Dr. Chow strongly believes in speaking the child/adolescent’s language. Recognizing the child/adolescent’s cognitive and developmental stages, sometimes the child/adolescent may not have the ability to effectively articulate their strong emotions and thoughts. Through play and other forms of expressive mediums (e.g., art, drawing, writing, etc.), Dr. Chow believes that a child/adolescent may find it easier and more natural to share their story and work through their  concerns. In addition to using CBT and play therapy approaches, Dr. Chow incorporates attachment theories, emotional, and relational work in her treatment with children and adolescents. To ensure the coordination of patient care, Dr. Chow values working as a team with parents, guardians, school, and other key players in the child’s life. Dr. Chow emphasizes including the community and its resources because “it takes a village to raise a child!”

Experience and Training

Dr. Chow earned her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Washington, D.C. campus. She also obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from TCSPP. Dr. Chow completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at a community mental health center in New York City, where she provided bilingual psychotherapy and crisis interventions in Cantonese and English. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in an outpatient psychotherapy clinic in Minnesota, where she conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations and individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. Additionally, she has worked in variety of settings including public charter schools, multidisciplinary private practices, and outpatient clinics.

Dr. Chow is a board member of the Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (NVCP), and a member of various professional organizations including the APA Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP), and Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). She enjoys participating in professional development by attending clinical trainings, conferences, workshops, and mental health related community events. She will be serving as an adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) beginning in 2019.

Fluent in: Mandarin

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