Hello! I’m Eric
(He/Him) M.A., M.Div.
Eric believes that life has a way of blindsiding all of us with difficulty, loss, or change. He has experienced the need for outside insight when navigating these difficult parts of life’s journey. Along with his spouse and three kids, he has navigated a wealth of challenges. Eric also loves story and enjoys hearing and joining the process of each person’s story. He is a deeply empathetic listener who is able to intuitively help people see their difficulties in a new way. Eric is a pre-licensed therapist offering counseling to individuals, families, couples, and can provide Telehealth services.
My Approach & Values
Eric approaches his therapy practice with over 20 years of creative experience in business data and analytics—in both the corporate sector and higher education. He has particular interests in premarital counseling, couple’s communication challenges, and couples in crisis. Eric also previously worked part-time as a Spiritual Formation Pastor (a fancy title for ‘walking with people through growth and change’) and has been providing compassionate spiritual direction since 2006. He recently earned the Certificate of Human Sexuality from the University of Minnesota as part of his goal to become a certified sex-therapist.
Eric is always open to conversations (and is likely to ask you) about sex, God/Spirituality, and other ‘taboo’ topics. He also likes to walk alongside student and adult clients who self-identify as outside the ‘norms’ – secular, geek, cosplay, and LGBTQIA communities. Eric has enjoyed teaching at teen and college student retreats on performance, perfectionism, and anxiety. Eric (along with his wife Rachel) has had the privilege of leading marriage retreat weekends and being the keynote speaker at several marriage conferences. He more recently taught a community course on building self-awareness and relationship connection through understanding our needs, narratives, and leaning into vulnerability.
Eric can also provide corporate consulting on relational and employment issues and strategies as well as spiritual direction or consulting for faith based organizations.
Eric practices under the supervision of Melanie Vinton, LMFT, and can be contacted at 651-239-5180 or email@example.com
Enneagram Type 2, ENFP, Hufflepuff, Coffee Snob,
- 20 years in Corporate Data and Analytics
- 25 years in Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction
- Second Career as Therapist and Corporate Consultant
- MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University
- Certificate in Human Sexuality from U of MN
- M. Div. from Bethel Seminary
- BA in English and Technical Writing from UWEC
EMDR–Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Internal Family Systems (Parts Work) Overview
Emotionally Focused Therapy (Externship)
Certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly & Rising Strong Course
Sports I love:
Tennis, Football & Marathon Running (although at my age it’s Half-Marathons – who am I kidding?)
Books that Changed Me:
Surrender to Love by David Benner, PhD. (Spirituality, Love, Fear, and real transformation)
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown PhD. LMSW (Self-Compassion over Perfectionism)
Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, PhD. (Great Adult Sex Re-education)
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero (Emotional maturity vs. spiritual bypass)
The New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
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