Oct 6, 2020
In this episode, we learn more
about another amazing 12 Oaks neighbor. I am talking with the
Maggy Award winner for Best Therapist in Western Wake and the Food
Truck Queen of 12 Oaks. She was also a finalist during Indy Week,
Best of the Triangle 2020 for Best Couples Therapist and Best
Therapist. We talk about her move from Rhode Island, Virginia, then
Florida and finally to North Carolina.
Erin Bircher is a
Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and owner and founder of Foundations
4-Change. She helps individuals break through barriers, work
through difficult situations, set boundaries, and helps to explore
any limiting belief systems that may be preventing them from
leading the life they truly desire. Erin was born in
Providence, Rhode Island. At the age of two, she and her mom
moved to Northern Virginia where she grew up in the small town of
Leesburg. After graduating high school, Erin’s mom told her
she had to take at least one class at the local community
college. She ended up taking psychology and that class
captured Erin’s love and focus on what she wanted to do with her
life. Erin has been married to her husband Jay since 2017 and
has two boys, Ashton and Dylan.
It was wonderful getting to know
Erin and learning more about her and how she helps people every day
through some of the most difficult times in their lives. We are so
fortunate to have Erin as our neighbor and soon to be a friend to
many more of us.
In This Episode:
- [02:35] Welcome Erin Bircher
our 18th “P” in the pod[cast]. She is a Psychotherapist and Life
- [04:52] In 2003, she moved to
Miami to gain her Masters of Counseling degree from Florida
- [06:11] In 2019, Erin completed
the certification to become a Life Coach.
- [08:23] She grew up in the
small town of Leesburg, Virginia. She played a lot of soccer
growing up and also spent a lot of time working with
- [09:24] Even though Erin had no
interest in college her mom pushed her to take one class at the
community college. The one class she took was psychology and
she realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her
- [10:07] She went to the
Dominican Republic and worked in an orphanage for a week. It
was a life changing experience.
- [11:22] She values all of her
experiences because she has learned and grown a lot and she has
helped a lot of people because of the things she has gone
- [11:56] She has a true love of
the outdoors which she credits to growing up on 8-10 acres as a
- [13:08] Respect goes a long
way. Everybody wants to feel appreciated and
- [13:47] One of the biggest
things that stood out to Erin is the importance of working
- [15:19] Erin shares why she
fell in love with
- [16:14] Working in the
Nonprofit Agencies was a lot of hard work, she learned a lot, and
it laid the groundwork for what she is doing
- [18:12] She shares that
everyone that comes into therapy has some aspect of their life that
they want to be different, so they have to do something
- [20:12] She realized that the
more vulnerable that she became, the more vulnerable her clients
- [21:25] Erin tells what it's
like as a Day in the
Life of a psychotherapist. It is different since the pandemic
because now she sees her clients virtually.
- [22:52] At first the virtual
meetings were hard for Erin because she liked sitting with people,
but she is getting used to it now.
- [25:35] Being a life coach
opens up more doors for Erin to be able to do different work in
different capacities and mix it up.
- [27:14] In the next 5-10 years
Erin hopes to be doing more speaking engagements and workshops. She
is putting her hands in different areas and meeting new people to
see what different doors open.
- [29:45] She is working towards
different credentials for life coaching.
- [31:44] Erin is the Food Truck
Queen of 12 Oaks and is excited to host more food trucks in the
- [34:30] Erin met Jay online.
They had an instant commonality because of their fur babies.
They met downtown at a restaurant and they hit it
- [35:29] Erin and Jay like to
stay busy, travel a lot, and have fun.
- [36:47] She shares how there's
never a dull moment hanging out with her boys. They are full
of life and always want to be on the go. They love their two golden
doodles and their bernedoodle.
- [38:50] Why did you choose 12
Oaks? They have lived in 12 Oaks for 4
- [40:34] If you’re looking for
resort style living with a lot of fun and different activities for
all different ages 12 Oaks is your place to be.
- [42:22] What are you most proud
- [43:23] If you had a do-over in
life, what would it be?
- [45:04] In the closing chapter
of your life, what would the work you’ve done say about
- [46:04] Is there a question I
should have asked but I didn’t?
Links and Resources for Episode 19