I work hard to help people identify and overcome obstacles to their happiness and well-being. The obstacles can appear as old patterns in the way we think or the way we interact with others, or as a combination. New obstacles spring up to keep us stuck in the old pattern. Sometimes the belief that there is nothing we can change is its own obstacle. Whether you are age 18 or 78, the change process can be overwhelming, and you don't have to do it alone.
I wholeheartedly believe that working with a qualified counselor in a confidential and secure format, ideally a very experienced counselor who brings care, curiosity and trusted tools, can be the most direct and effective way to make desired changes in your life, to remove obstacles to your sense of fulfillment and well-being. A counselor should listen carefully to your goals and help you stay focused on them.
I have worked as an individual and family therapist/counselor for over 13 years (and several years before that as a life-skills trainer), and I am licensed (LCSW) in Oregon for private practice. I believe that safety, respect and consideration should guide all of our interactions. Diagnoses and labels may in fact be helpful in some situations, but this is not the main approach in my counseling practice. Similarly, I don't push clients to fill the session with talk about their feelings or family-of-origin, unless they think it could be helpful. Whether you consider depression, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, grief and loss, relationship issues, habits, self-image/esteem/identity, or various changes in your life (or a loved one's life) to be at the core of your barriers to your well-being, I respect the fact that you're considering hiring a professional to support you, and I hope that you find a good fit in a counselor. (On that note, I would not be a good fit for someone who needs to meet after 4:30pm.)
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
OR LCSW L6462
I've only had 2 sessions so far, but... Smart. Good listener. Very practical.
Written on Feb 04, 2023 after therapy with Eric for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder
Appreciate his directness while always encouraging me to make decisions on what works for me.
Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Eric for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
I’m only 2 sessions in, but I knew in the first couple minutes of the first session that we’d work well together. He’s (professionally) laid back and honest. He’s able to communicate seemingly foreign concepts in a way that I’m able to easily understand. When I’m not able to effectively communicate what I’m trying to, he’s able to dig in and get it out of me in a way that doesn’t seem invasive or judge mental. 5/5 stars, would recommend.
Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Eric for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues
Eric is great at helping you organize your thoughts and reflect on your discussions in the sessions. Sometimes our minds like to twist itself into an unrecognizable knot and his talent lies in helping you smooth everything out, and in doing so you’re able to dive into yourself rather than doing some YouTube or Google suggested exercise that never seems to work. It’s about the internal journey. It’s admittedly a little scarier, but much more effective. I’ve only been working with him a couple months and he’s done more for me than any self help book or video I’ve tried over the years.
Written on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with Eric for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger management
We are just starting marriage counseling with Eric. He is helping us to organize our thoughts and feelings and communicate with each other. We like what he says and how he says things that we don't notice about us and his suggestions on how to make things work. We understand that this is just the beginning and that we have to work on our marriage. Eric is helping giving us some tools.
Written on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Eric for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue
Eric has helped me tremendously over the course of the last few months and I can't thank him enough for his support and engagement
Written on Jun 23, 2021 after therapy with Eric for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes