Erika Shira LMHC, MT-BC
Erika Shira is a licensed mental health counselor, certified early intervention specialist, and board-certified music therapist, in addition to a foster parent and adoptive parent.
Roles over the decades have included foster care caseworker, early intervention clinician, arts instructor in emotional/behavioral special education, various community mental health supervisor and director roles, individual and family clinician in a private acute mental health setting, state-contracted parent and child evaluator, as well as a member of various advisory boards to organizations focused on trauma-informed care, social justice, cultural competence, and neurodiversity.
Current clinical work focuses mainly on serving as a member of legal defense teams for families involved in the child welfare system (both with private-pay attorneys and public defenders), as well as consultation and evaluation of complex children and families with the aim of securing appropriate community-focused and culturally relevant supports rather than systems entanglement. Current advocacy work focuses on learning from lived experience and promoting community resources that center the experiences the programs intend to serve.