March 22, 2024

About Eric

About Eric. I am a registered psychotherapist, counsellor, coach, educator, mentor, (re)searcher, and writer, passionate about personal growth and our planetary home.

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

My journey (to counselling, therapy, & coaching)

My journey to becoming a counsellor & therapist (consciously) began in my mid-20s. During this period, I went through a particularly difficult and disorienting time (my first positive disintegration, which was medically labelled as major depression episode). I felt disillusioned with my corporate career, doubtful about my competency as a new father, and unsure of who I really was underneath my many adaptations.

Though I felt hesitant and afraid to ask for help, I managed to muster the courage to call a counsellor (thankfully, a wise and very open-minded Jungian Analyst).

Over the ensuing months, I worked through (a lot of) pain, overcame problematic coping behaviours, and began unearthing my true self (my soul)—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, rich colour. My life became more meaningful.

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I also discovered my neurodiversity through this ongoing healing process (though I prefer Lindsey Mackereth’s term,  neurocomplexity, which she defines as the intersection of neurodivergent wiring that includes increased complexity in the areas of cognition, sensory receptivity, attention, creativity, and/or intuition). I fall somewhere in the high+ gifted range with an (interesting) assemblage of ADHD and autism traits. I’m also highly (energy) sensitive.

My experience as a therapy client compelled me to become a counsellor, coach, and therapist myself. After much fear and trembling, I enrolled in a Masters-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, psychotherapist, and coach. Witnessing my clients’ growth and transformation is so beautiful.

More about Eric (background: academic and otherwise)

I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). I am am member of the Climate Psychology Alliance North America (CPA-NA). I am also an InterGifted network coach. Previously, I have worked as an adjunct professor of geography and environmental studies, a teaching assistant, a research assistant, an intern psychotherapist, and an environmental planner/scientist.

My academic background is transdisciplinary. I have a PhD in Social & Cultural Health Studies (the title of my dissertation is: Exploring the Ecological Self: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis with Gifted Adults) from Brock University, 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 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 have been actively developing my intuitive/energetic abilities since 2021—spurred, largely, by a synchronistic encounter with a person who catalyzed my second positive disintegration (will there be a third?). Through voracious self-study, apprenticeship with a master energy worker, and training in therapeutic shamanism (through Three Ravens College), I am continuously integrating new psychological and spiritual insights and tools into my self and work.

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On a more personal note, I currently live in multifaceted Hamilton, ON, Canada. You can often find me out-of-doorsexperiencing and exploring the nearby natural places I’m privileged to call home.