January 2, 2016

About Eric

What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky? – David Whyte

I am a counsellor & coach, teacher, researcher, and writer, passionate about personal growth and our planetary home.

My journey (to counselling & coaching)

My journey to counselling & coaching (consciously) began in my mid-20s. During this period, I went through a particularly difficult and disorienting time. I felt disillusioned with my career, doubtful about my competency as a new father, and unsure of who I really was underneath my many adaptations.

e152f6d4Though I felt hesitant and afraid to ask for help, I managed to muster the courage to call a counsellor.

Over the ensuing months, I worked through (a lot of) pain, overcame problematic coping behaviours, and began unearthing my true self—a process which continues to this day. Though this work was extremely difficult (it was the hardest “job” I’ve ever had), it was also incredibly rewarding. My world took on new depth, new colour. My life became more meaningful.

My experience as a counselling client compelled me to become a counsellor & coach myself. After much fear and trembling, I enrolled in a Master’s-level counselling program at Wilfrid Laurier University (which I completed in 2013). This decision has opened doors (both external and internal) I never knew existed.

I consider it a privilege and honour to now get to work with my own clients as a counsellor & coach. Witnessing my clients’ growth and transformation is a beautiful thing.

My background (academic and otherwise)

In addition to being a counsellor & coach, I am also a PhD student at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. In my thesis work, I am exploring how gifted adults experience ecological self (nature connection).

I also teach geography and environmental studies courses part-time at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. Previously, I have worked as an teaching assistant, research assistant, intern psychotherapist, and environmental planner.

My academic background is transdisciplinary. I have an MA in Human Geography (my thesis work explored the relationship between mental health and nature affiliation in post-secondary students) from McMaster University, an MA degree in Theology (with a specialization in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a liberal arts BSc in Biology from Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON.

I am also a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). I am working toward my certification as a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario (Canada).

On a more personal note, I currently live in beautiful Hamilton, ON, Canada, in a cozy century home with my  wife and two young children. You can often find me outdoors with my kids in one of the many beautiful natural places surrounding our neighbourhood.