Eric Nielson

Eric Nielson

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Welcome! I work with individuals (adults and teens), couples and families.

Client Status

not accepting clients



2100 SE Lake Road

Suite 4

Milwaukie, OR 97222

At a Glance


Rate: $45-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2004

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

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.

My Approach to Helping

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. 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. 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 Personal Beliefs and Interests

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 15 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 and individuals, which have now become the main focuses of my practice.

Techniques I Use


  • Gestalt External link

    One of my primary influences is Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Awareness Practice (a practice based in the Gestalt Therapy developed by Fritz Perls, and evolved by Richard and Christine Price). A primary tenet of Gestalt therapy is that, as we are able to come to greater awareness and acceptance of our experience in this moment, we allow the possibility of real and lasting growth and change.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    I integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (or, 'EFT') in my work with couples and with families. I have done training with Sue Johnson, one of the progenitors of EFT, and am engaged in on-going supervision and training in this therapeutic model.

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    As the writer and teacher Stephen Levine put it, “To heal is to touch with love that which was previously touched by fear.” 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. There is a trust I have found in this, that if we attend to what comes up in this place, it will lead us through.

  • Spirituality External link

    I have a background in transpersonal psychology and spiritual studies, and a genuine love and appreciation for the many spiritual traditions of the world. If you are interested in incorporating your spiritual path into our work, let me know, and we can talk about how to bring this into to the therapeutic work we are doing together.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    A large part of my practice is working with couples. I think this work is particularly meaningful, as it gets to the heart of our ability to love and be loved. In my work with couples, I work primarily from a model called Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (often referred to simply as “EFT”). What I love about this model, simply put, is that it works. EFT has been well researched and has been demonstrated to be very effective with couples to facilitate lasting change.

  • Family Conflict External link

    Working with families is very close to my heart. For most of us, the family is our most fundamental unit of relationship and community. My work with families draws from Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, both of which are based in an attachment perspective.

  • Parenting External link

    One of the threads that has run through my work throughout my career is working with parents. I also have extensive experience working with adoptive and foster families, and working with families with children who struggle with things like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), difficulty with anxiety, anger or impulse control, and attachment issues.

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