Eric Goodwin

Eric Goodwin (He/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, MS

Supervisor: Ramona Roberts, LPC, NCC

If you're part of the LGBTQ community and experiencing anxiety & shame, I'm a queer therapist here to help you find relief & self-confidence

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

585.233.3308

6723 SE 16th Ave.

#82457

Portland, 97202

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $125

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

You’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck, falling into familiar patterns that aren't working. When you want to tap into your strengths to push through you’re finding feelings of shame and self-criticism and shut down. These experiences can be harder having had to face prejudice and invalidation. You have been braving it on your own and are ready for help in taking those next steps toward healing. You don't have to do this alone.

My Background and Approach

Clients who have described me as warm, patient and curious. I emphasize the importance of safety, grounding and exploring with mindful awareness and self-compassion to begin to change those harsh words and beliefs that you've been applying to yourself for so long. Life can be harsh enough, healing doesn't have to be. We may even share a laugh from time to time! I earned my MS in counseling in 2014 and I've worked in mental health clinic and college settings, including at a local art college. These experiences led me to work with clients with creativity, flexibility and patience. I'll meet you where you're at and walk with you each step of the way.

Why I Became a Therapist

When I was starting out as a counselor a colleague responded to something I said saying "Counseling can be a 50 minute revolt against the way things are." I knew then that I was in the right place. When it comes to healing, I believe that there is power in challenging those stories we've been told about who we're "supposed" to be, whether through others' words or actions. Especially when the "supposed to be's" are extensions of bigoted beliefs that you don't even hold yourself. How often have you put yourself down in ways that you would never do to a dear friend or loved one? Where did that voice come from and is it time to challenge it? Under the pain of the shame and anxiety you've carried around, there's that calm, knowing voice that's connected to who you truly are, and I'm looking forward to meeting that person. If you find yourself in anything I've shared here, reach out for your free consultation and I'll be happy to answer any remaining questions you have!

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    Homophobia and related trauma can leave you feeling shame, isolated and unsafe even in spaces thought to be welcoming for the LGBTQ community. Seeking help can be a series of frustrations trying to establish a connection not knowing if it is safe to open up about experiences with anti-LGBTQ violence or abuse. As a queer therapist, I want to understand your story and walk beside you as you take the bold steps to heal.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety can feel like you're "losing it," "going crazy" and wondering if you'll ever feel grounded again. When it's intense you feel physically sick and your mind fixates on all of the worries in your world. While these experiences may lead to feeling alone, there is help and hope that you can feel better. With counseling, I have seen people have incredible breakthroughs in understanding, managing and changing their relationship with anxiety.

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