About Erika Surkin

Erika Surkin, play therapist, filial therapist and school psychologist

Erika Surkin is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania.

She specializes in School Psychology, with certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  In addition, she is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), credentialed by The Association for Play Therapy, and a past President of the Pennsylvania branch of the Association for Play Therapy.

With over 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents, she understands her clients’ needs and works to establish a strong therapeutic bond with her clients.  Her years of experience include a private practice in Media and western Delaware County since 1983, and working with students in a school setting.

Mrs. Surkin is an eclectic therapist who has many tools in her tool bag. She finds Cognitive Behavioral therapy to be quite effective in helping clients to build a social problem-solving repertoire.  Experiential therapy provides clients with many avenues to explore their emotional lives. Toys and games are the natural language of children.  Words are not always adequate to explore and express the complex parts of her clients’ lives. Role play and dramatic expression are also powerful tools. Clients are exposed to an array of art materials for creative expression.  Sandtray techniques provide a satisfying outlet for children and adolescents to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Combining this tool with technology allows clients to create books; the content of the books is a metaphoric expression of their personal experiences.

Regular consultation with parents completes both therapeutic and assessment services. Parents participate actively in both settings, provided with full knowledge of their children’s functioning. Information is shared with other professionals with parental written release. Parenting skills and behavioral consultation occurs regularly in the therapeutic process; every fifth session is devoted to parents.


Erika L. Surkin   M.Ed., RPTErika Surkin play therapy center

Heather Lane West of Valleybrook Road,
Chester Heights, PA  19017

Mailing Address
PO BOX 668
Chester Heights, PA  19017
E-mail: erika@erikasurkin.com

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