Erik Ribera CT, Intern Erik Ribera is a counselor trainee (CT) completing his internship at Grow Well Cleveland, LLC. He is enrolled in his final year at Cleveland State University, earning a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With a background in human services, Erik has experience facilitating youth groups with a focus on dialectical behavior therapy skills, in both an in- & out-patient setting. As a transman and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Erik found service and involvement as a trans youth support group facilitator. Erik has also been a recurring speaker on educational panel forums regarding the transgender experience. Such experiences helped motivate him to a career in counseling. Erik’s devotion to his work is rooted in the desire to be of service to those seeking personal life change through counseling. He finds counseling to be a profoundly helpful tool and works with people from all walks including: struggling with trauma, sexuality & gender, grief, spirituality, mindfulness, and women’s issues. Erik is committed to providing clients with the best care possible, meeting individuals where they are, and remaining present throughout. Erik deeply appreciates the expression of vulnerability, whether it is through tears or laughter. He loves ice cream and hopes to one day enjoy an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Erik sees clients at both our Lakewood and Ohio City offices.