Eric Nielson

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Welcome! I work with individuals, couples and families. A basic guiding principle in my work is that, when we are able to really see and accept where we are, and who we are, we begin to heal and grow.


  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Adolescent/Teen Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

Overall, my style is what would be called humanistic and holistic, which means I see you as a whole person, with your own inner wisdom and innate health, who is in need of some guidance and assistance at this time in your life. It also means that I see the relationship between us as an important part of what will contribute to your growth. As such, I strive to create an open, safe and trusting relationship and setting for you to explore your life and experiences in a way that is authentic, healing and inspiring. My way of working is informed by a number of therapeutic approaches, the primary ones being Gestalt Therapy and attachment-based therapies including Emotionally Focused Therapy, or "EFT" (for couples and families). I integrate trauma-based therapeutic approaches when this is helpful for my clients.

My Background

I graduated from Vassar College and then worked and studied at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where I studied Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Awareness Practice. I did my graduate training at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California before settling with my family in the Portland area. I have over 12 years experience doing individual, couple and family counseling. I started my career working with children and teens in a residential psychiatric setting. I have worked in a foster care agency providing counseling for foster children and foster families, and worked in community mental health providing intensive in-home therapy to support families going through crisis. As I transitioned to private practice work, I also focused more on working with couples, which has now become one of the main focuses of my practice.


  • 503-939-9024
  • Website
  • 2100 SE Lake Road, Suite 4
    Milwaukie, OR 97222

At a Glance

  • Experience: 16 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Milwaukie
  • Rate: $45-120/session
  • Free Initial Consultation

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