Erika London Bocknek, PhD
Erika London Bocknek, PhD is a fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree from the University of Connecticut, a PhD from Michigan State University, and postdoctoral training from Louisiana State University. Erika has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings in Connecticut, Michigan, and Louisiana including private practice, schools and early childhood centers, an inpatient substance treatment center, an outpatient university hospital, and a naval base.
At the Relationship Institute, Erika specializes in work with couples facing important early lifecycle transitions including cohabiting, engagement and premarital, newly married, and early parenting couples. Erika supports couples in a process of developing improved communication and emotional connectivity so that each partner feels empowered to resolve conflict and increase intimacy. Issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse may be particular stressors Erika works with her clients to manage. In addition, Erika specializes in the parent-child relationship and has intensive training in early child development. In this capacity, Erika is available for long-term treatment relationships around such presenting concerns as postpartum depression as well as shorter term treatment and coaching sessions related to problem behaviors in infants and toddlers, including sleeping and feeding issues, toddler temper tantrums, toddler biting and hitting, and new sibling/family transitions.
Erika is a frequent presenter at meetings of the National Council on Family Relations and the Society for Research in Child Development, a lecturer at Michigan State University, an ad hoc reviewer for the Infant Mental Health Journal and the Journal of Primary Prevention, and has had her research published in scholarly journals including the Journal of Family Psychology and Family Relations.
Erika works out of our Royal Oak office. She is not currently accepting new patients.