Eric holds a master degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), as well as a CSAT-Candidate in North Carolina. He is certified to deliver Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF/CBT) with fidelity, to children and adolescents, through the North Carolina Child Treatment Collaborative. Eric is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate and is in the process of becoming a Fully Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT-Candidate) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictions Professional (IITAP). Eric is passionate about learning how the cumulative effects of attachment wounding, trauma, family systems, culture, genetics and epi-genetics play a part in the etiology and ultimately the recovery for all addictions, mental disorders or Co-Occurring Disorders. He is committed to utilizing the latest, Evidenced Based Practices in helping people recover and learn how to manage and transform their addictions and/or Co-Occurring Disorders into meaningful, healthy lives.
Eric’s journey into the mental health field began over 20 years ago during his own recovery from multiple addictions. While living in a halfway house, he began working with “at risk” youths, and discovered he could evoke change and awareness in that population. His personal journey enabled him to understand how to begin the healing process and sustain recovery, leading him down the path to his work today.
With long term recovery for multiple addictions, Eric does his best to earnestly practice and embody the therapeutic techniques he prescribes for his clients. He firmly believes there are many ways to achieve and maintain long term recovery, but believes all modes of recovery must encompass “Universal Spiritual Principles,” such as honesty, willingness, integrity, commitment, compassion and forgiveness to name a few. Eric is deeply committed to exploring and expanding the constructs of well-being, wholeness and recovery without the use of mood altering chemicals, pathological/obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors.
For over 15 years Eric has been practicing some form of mindfulness meditation, and/or Bi Neural Brainwave Entrainment. He strongly believes that for lasting, holistic recovery to occur, one needs to cultivate some type of meditation practice for the development of that “non-judgmental witness” (i.e. the part of the psyche that watches the ego mind without judgment).
Lastly, Eric has been an active member of the Mankind Project (MKP) since 2008, whose focus is to foster a new paradigm of what the writer Robert Moore calls, “Mature Masculinity;” Men who embody responsibility, accountability, authenticity and their “anima” (Carl Jung’s term for the feminine aspects in men). MKP prides itself in creating a safe container to help men look at their “shadow,” what Carl Jung termed unconscious, negative character traits.
Eric deeply admires the courage it takes to enter into therapy and begin the process of self-exploration leading to greater overall well-being. He welcomes you to Recovery and Wellness Professional Services and considers it an honor and a privilege to assist others on their quest for wholeness.