Dr. Gwyn Erwin
Dr. Gwyn Erwin, contemporary psychoanalyst, dedicates her professional life to healing through psychodynamic and creative processes.
An expert in human development and working with trauma, Gwyn works with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents, serving as a therapeutic and creative partner in measurably improving the quality of your life.
Dr. Erwin has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Newport Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and its Training Division, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and is Past President of both NCPS and NPI. As a faculty member at NPI, she has taught a variety of didactic courses and Case Conferences, including the Developmental Courses, which she designed, in addition to the clinical writing and dissertation classes. She has also served as an adjunct Faculty member at the ICP and LAISPS in Los Angeles. She is a Member of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the Newport Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, the Association for Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes, the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education, and the American Counseling Association.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, she earned her Master in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California (double major in non-fiction and fiction). As a professional writer, book doctor, and editor of twenty-five years, she conducts private professional writing groups and is a dissertation consultant at a number of graduate schools and psychoanalytic training institutes. An articulate and vibrant speaker, Gwyn Erwin is an active keynote and contributing presenter at both analytic and writing conferences.
I believe that all individuals can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the course of their life.
Trauma, both acute and cumulative, is all too common in most people’s lives. Especially for children, trauma
and its consequences can alter their lives in lasting ways while compromising developmental paths. If fortunate, intervening help may be available, mitigating trauma’s effects. But often, children must simply learn to survive their traumatic experience without the opportunities to adapt in healthy ways.
My search for resolution for the earlier trauma I had faced was realized in adulthood, found through deep and caring
therapeutic work. The dedication, respect, safety, and expertise I received shapes my vision for the patients I work
with in bringing therapeutic and creative restoration to those in search of healing for their lives.
There is a place. It is 196,950,769 square miles in size and 4,500,000,000 years old.
You live your life in this place. As a human, you are made up of 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms in your body, and millions of cells. You have six pounds of skin holding you together, 206 bones and 600 muscles, which move you. You have 60,000 miles of veins and arteries nourishing you in a reliable and organized way, 1,300 nerve endings on your hands and 120,000 hairs on your head.
Inside that head, you have a brain weighing 3 to 10 pounds, which can think, with a networking nervous system that allows you to feel and respond. You can reach out, you can shed tears, you can wrinkle your brow. You can taste the salt in those tears and the zest in living.
You can smell cinnamon toast and hear harmonies and dissonance. You can choose whether to move toward or away from experience. And you can author your years here discovering how, among the 76,000,000,000,000 people who have dwelt in this place so far, the healing of your life matters.
When I was five years old, helping my mother carry dishes of food to the dining room table, I became overcome
with deep, inexplicable feeling and began to cry, spilling the Bird’s Eye peas all over the floor. My mother knelt besides me, worried. “There’s a reason I’m here,” I whispered. “And I can’t remember what it is. I have to
remember, because there is something I’m supposed to do.”
She tried to comfort me with the idea that I was too little to know or do, but I shook my head NO. She tried to reassure me that I would know when I grew up. NO. Many years of searching unfolded before I found the courage, the knowledge, and the healing to shape my life according to that plaintive moment. I am here to help you find your
way to your healed and thriving life.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an
artist once he grows up.” — Pablo Picasso