Ericka Dries

I would like to nominate Ericka for this month’s Mariposa Award. Not only is Ericka one of the kindest people I work with, but she is also an exceptional therapist. She manages some of our most complex and acute patients and cares so much about their well-being and the well-being of her team. Not only is she a problem solver, she approaches challenges with curiosity and humor.

From her work in the community, on peer review, and the important work she does with her clients every day, Ericka is working to improve the health of our community and carry forth our mission. Ericka is funny, professional, and joy to work with!

–Annie Edgecombe, Behavioral Health Program Manager

I would like to nominate Ericka Dries for the Mariposa award. I’m so honored and grateful to have worked with Ericka for the past three and a half years. Her presence at the Basalt Integrated Health Center is so professional, yet warm and caring. Her contributions in our meetings and group supervisions are always so insightful and well-thought-out. I know that she has supported many of our behavioral health providers though stressful times and provided wise guidance in the most unselfish, gentle way. Of course, her patients benefit from her incredible clinical skills, and she is an often-requested Behavioral Health provider, since her patients refer their friends, and community partners know that Ericka is able to engage and help patients in even the most complex situations.

During her time at Mountain Family Ericka has taken well-chosen trainings and now provides sought-after EMDR therapy tor patients seeking relief from trauma symptoms. She saw the need in our community for providers able to work with younger children, and went through intensive training to utilize sand-tray therapy for this population. Ericka’s desire to make a difference for all of our patients is palpable, and her social-work heart is so apparent when she works tirelessly alongside our most vulnerable community members to find solutions to even the hardest problems. She has participated in Pitkin County meetings aimed at increasing care coordination for patients who may typically slip through the cracks. Personally, I know the laughter that Ericka shares with me when I pop across the hall to her office is absolutely healing and I could not imagine getting through the days without her! Thank you, Ericka!

–Sara Jacobs, LCSW, ACD; Behavioral Health Provider Team Lead