Erin Braaksma


Born and raised in Bozeman, Erin moved to Washington to attend Seattle Pacific University, where she studied sociology, psychology, and women’s studies. During her undergraduate career, Erin worked with youth in the foster care system as well as working as an ESL tutor for elementary students learning English. Following her graduation from SPU, Erin moved to rural Indonesia to teach English language courses in a middle school Madrasah, while working alongside Indonesian counterparts to help develop a sustainable curriculum and extracurricular programming. Following her years in Indonesia, Erin attended the University of Montana, where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. Focusing on international social work, refugee resettlement, adoption/foster care, and human trafficking, Erin’s graduate studies were centered on the intersection of these areas. While in her MSW program, Erin did therapeutic in-home work with youth in permanency-level foster care placements, and worked at the International Rescue Committee with the resettled refugee population.

Following graduate school, Erin returned to Bozeman, where she was able to work within the intersection of clinical social work and the school setting, working as a middle school CSCT therapist. Erin was thrilled to have the opportunity to incorporate her experience in various school settings and work with diverse populations in a therapeutic school-based setting. She has been grateful to have the opportunity to incorporate her macro and meso-level training to the micro setting, working with youth in the school environment. Erin brings training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to the work that she does with teens. In her free time, Erin loves to spend time with her family and friends, hike, camp, ski, float, and travel.