FAMILY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Erica Hikec, LCSW
Erica Hikec, LCSW, has more than 10 years of experience providing therapeutic treatment to at-risk youth and families in treatment settings and private practice. She began her career as an in-home family therapist and was recognized at the statewide level for her calming engagement style and strengths-based clinical approach. Before joining the Newport Academy team, Erica was a program director with a community-based program providing services to youth in the juvenile justice system, and oversaw a Department of Children and Families therapeutic group home for youth with acute mental health needs.
Erica is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, and trained in multiple evidence-based modalities. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and traumatic stress, primarily with victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; substance abuse; Conduct Disorder; ADHD; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Intermittent Explosive Disorders; mood disorders; and adjustment disorders due to changes in life situations. She uses a strengths-based approach to help clients and families view behaviors as adaptations and use their relationships to motivate change.
Erica’s personal passions include practicing yoga, hiking, skiing, cooking, and baking. She recently co-facilitated a trauma-informed yoga group.
Newport Academy…in her own words
“Newport Academy is a unique therapeutic program that combines individual and family treatment to support recovery, using a holistic approach and supporting all aspects of healthy living.” —Erica Hikec
Master’s of Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, West Hartford, Connecticut
Undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
Certified Multi-Dimensional Family Therapist
Certified Risking Connection Trainer
Global Assessment of Individual Needs Site Interviewer Certification