M.A. in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology, Antioch University
Clinical training from the world's largest provider of LGBTQ services, Los Angeles LGBT Center
2022 Rainbows Pride Award, Charleston Pride and MUSC
Queer DEI Consultant, Be Proud With Eric
Licensed Professional Counselor (SC 6510)
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (CA 93601)
Featured on Charleston's Channel 24 News Now
Hi, I'm Eric (he/him)
As a proud gay person and certified LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, my mission is to enhance the mental health of my community.
Growing up gay in a small town was tough, but my coming out process was incredibly liberating. I learned that proclaiming who I was and being proud of myself was the ultimate clap-back to everyone that tried to knock me down.
Having an outlet through talking to others when I was struggling as a teenager was life-saving, and I knew I wanted to be a therapist ever since then.
When I learned of the nation's only graduate program in LGBTQ+ Psychology in Los Angeles, I knew I had to go for it. I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan... Okay, jk, I actually drove cross-country.
During my time there, I had so many incredible professional experiences, including clinical training from the world's largest provider of services for LGBTQ+ people and getting to build a mental health program for Queer youth in the foster care system from the ground up.
For over a decade, I've directly counseled hundreds of LGBTQ+ people, while educating organizations on how to create inclusive spaces for our community, and I’m grateful to love what I do.
I transitioned my therapy practice from an in-person office to meeting over video sessions in 2019 (yup, before the pandemic). Fun fact: it all started with a request from a client who requested video sessions because she was driving three hours each way to my office since she couldn't find a Queer-specialized therapist in her area.
I love the convenience and comfort that virtual therapy provides to the people I work with. I see my own therapist this way too and am a big fan of being able to fit dedicated self-care time into my busy schedule.
Some of the other things that help me keep my mood up are playing saxophone in the Charleston Concert Band, playing tennis, going to the beach, and hanging out with my friends and family. I especially love being a fun Uncle to my little nieces and nephews, which is great practice for my future dream of being a Dad.
I'm a huge coffee lover (you'll pretty much always see me sipping from my Yeti during our sessions), and I'm forever taking chances and doing things that scare me because I know it leads to major growth gains. I recently took a 2-week solo trip to Medellín, Colombia, and it was an amazing adventure!
How about you?
I would love to meet, talk about how we could create more fulfillment in your life, and see if I’m a good fit to support your mental health glow-up.
Getting started is the hardest part, but you can do this!
Remember: we only grow if we take uncomfortable action.
You can take the first step by scheduling your free, no pressure video consultation, which you’ll have from the comfort of your own space.
I’m excited to connect with you!