Hi, I'm Erin.
Welcome to The Mettle Workshop, a space for young people and emerging adults to build resilience, character, positive coping mechanisms and a deeper sense of self. I chose the name because I wanted to imbue strength to this practice. At The Mettle Workshop we're a little bit of grit, a little bit of rock and roll and a lot of love.
Why I Do What I Do.
I began teaching in 2003 as a part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. At 22 I didn't know much about much, but I did know that I wanted to give my students a voice and empower them to advocate for themselves. Yes, I was an English teacher, but very quickly into my practice I became much more interested in the social-emotional learning of my students. When my students balked at a change in classroom protocol, I would allow them to present me with counterarguments and petitions - one change in the classroom library policy even evoked picket signs made of construction paper and rulers. While it may sound like anarchy to some, I loved the discourse and watching students' eyes light up as they passionately advocated for themselves and their peers. The best part of my day has always been connecting with students and helping them navigate these very crazy, very formative years.
Throughout my career, I've jumped at the chance to become a part of and lead advisory programs. I've helped write the social-emotional/wellness curriculum at two schools and attended countless professional development conferences, seminars and workshops - the ones with words like neuroplasticity, executive functioning, anxiety, mindfulness, cognitive development and leadership always catching my eye.
In the past couple of years, it has become clearer and clearer to me that not only are young people stressed, but that they need more outlets for that stress. So I've set about learning how to be an ally, a listening ear, a coach, an advocate and a resource. I founded this space in order to help young people and emerging adults learn more about themselves and respond to an increasingly fraught world with resilience, grit and spirit — with mettle.
— BA, University of California, Berkeley
— MA, City University of New York, Brooklyn College
— MPhil, Trinity College Dublin
— PhD, St. John's University
— Certified Youth Resilience/Life Coach (Youth Coaching Institute)
— Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (Stressed Teens)
— Permanently Licensed New York State Secondary Teacher, Grades 7-12
— The Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity (Rick Hanson, PhD)
— Certified Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Practitioner
— Master Practitioner EFT/TFT Tapping
A Note About Coaching.
It is important to note that coaching is not therapy. I am not a clinical social worker, psychiatrist or licensed therapist. I am trained to help my clients actualize their best selves, achieve a greater level of wellness and happiness in their lives, set and achieve goals, manage anxiety and stress, and become agents of positive change for themselves.