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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a husband, and a father. I am so fortunate to have a great family. I'm a clinical psychologist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel like I have a really good life, living in the central valley of California. Family, home, friends, and a wonderful Church family. I've always been interested in people, why we do what we do, why we think as we think, and how we live our lives. This lead to my interest in clinical psychology, and particularly to the study and work of helping people change. I feel so fortunate to work in the mental health field. This is an awesome time, there is such exciting research and study in the human condition, and new findings in neuroscience, personality, and psychotherapy. There is a new emphasis on living well, healthily and happily, finding what makes our lives good and satisfying. Yes, while I do therapy with those who are troubled, or in need of emotional support, there is good reason to be optimistic. Reason to look forward, to grow and change, to improve our lives, to find a more positive focus. This is often the outcome of psychotherapy. Well, there's a bit about the 'professional' me, but I also am blessed to have four adult children, all young adults now, who are terrific people. An artistic daughter who is raising little girls, a son who just graduated from college, another son in college, and a son just coming home from his mission. My wife and I have passed on our love of education, love of the arts, the ability to work hard, and to relate well to others: these are gifts we had from our own parents, and which we have tried to give to our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, so yes, I'm a "Mormon". And very thankful to know of our Heavenly Father, and the Savior Jesus Christ. To know where I've come from, and where I'm going. I'm thankful for a faithful mother (and my dad who joined the Church so he could marry her) and their example of prayer, and faith, and church activity. My mother's mother came from a pioneer family in Utah and Canada, which nourished faith and testimony. So, this is part of the good and positive "family history" which has blessed me in my life today. Yes, there are struggles and challenges in my family history too. I have had my own problems, as have my wife and children. This is how life can be. But Gospel perspectives show a light and a path through all difficulties. I have had many experiences of knowing the help and blessings of our Heavenly Father. Mostly these are subtle and not dramatic, more like a warm support and gentle influence. We can feel the Spirit quietly guide us in finding your way in life decisions, seeing things gradually working out in relationships, in career. Experiences like seeing your children be born and learn and grow. Having help through illnesses, seeing your family face their own difficult times. But always there is that sense of doing the right thing, "choosing the right" as we watch and love and teach our children. Then there are the other experiences we have when the need is there. When the Spirit testifies to your heart in strong and overwhelming feelings of assurance and love and peace. When I remember to quiet down, to be calm and to feel, and to be mindful and appreciative ... then the Spirit teaches me, and reminds me of our Spiritual heritage and home. And yes, we can feel that here and now.

How I live my faith

In my 'real life' I most strongly identify with being a husband, a friend and neighbor, a father. My personal 'worry level' is always about those I care deeply about. Family, Church, loved ones. I am thankful that the Gospel perspective helps me keep my feet on the ground. Reminding me to be people-oriented, to be charitable, to avoid bad things, to speak encouragingly and with faith in all that I do. In all relationships, knowing that the most important thing is to be listener, to be positive, to offer love and support, with words, actions, and prayer. I work in a large mental health clinic. My day is spent in talking to people, helping them deal therapeutically with problems, with depression, with anxiety. I am always reminded, daily, of the Gospel principals which underscore a happy life. So, while I don't preach or bring up religion per se, I remember that my own life is blessed by Gospel ideals, such as love, and patience, and service, and kindness, and family, and sense of community. These are human needs. These ideals can be touched on, brought to mind or encouraged, even for people who may not "believe" or who may not consider themselves religious. I admint that I am worried that in our world there is an increase in stress, in depression and anxiety, and so many other problems, from alcohol and drugs, broken relationships, family dysfunction. So hard work is often needed. Work to align our lives with good and positive principles, correct principles both emotionally and spiritually. These same ideas apply in our Church work, right?