Therapist Profile

Name:
Eric Durrschmidt, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
1137 Second Street, Suite 201 Santa Monica, CA 90403-5086
Phone:
(323) 423-6667
Website:
License Number
LMFT45561
Practicing Since:
2000
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Eric has extensive experience in working collaboratively and respectfully with clients and families recovering from substance abuse and addictive and compulsive behaviors. He has also worked alongside families coping with the effects of chronic illnesses and disabilities. Eric has also worked with clients responding to divorce, separation and grief and loss. Eric utilizes mindfulness practices in his work with clients, and has seen how crucial these learned coping skills can be in helping people to maintain a preferred way of being.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Daytime, Evenings
Services
Eric believes that addiction is a symptom of deeper conflicts and unresolved issues that reflect a story that is told about someone which is no longer valid or desired in that person’s life. Substance use and compulsivity are seen as a way to protest a life in need of change. He believes that the work that is done in recovery is very much about re authoring one’s life, and learning to live a preferred way of being in which addictive thinking and compulsive behaviors are put aside as ineffective ways of addressing and managing uncomfortable feelings and life circumstances. Much of the work that is done in his sessions is learning the skills that are necessary to live this preferred life, and in building a community of family and friends that will experience the client for their skills, competencies, and determination, rather than by the story of their destructive past
Insurance
Aetna, Most Insurance Accepted, United Behavioral Health
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone

Education

Degrees
Masters of Clinical Psychology. Antioch University, Los Angeles. 1996-1998 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. St Anselm College, Manchester, NH 1986-1990

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anxiety
Career Stress and Changes
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Eating Disorders
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
HIV Related
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Persons With Disabilities
Phobias
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress
Telephone/Online Therapy
Trauma

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Narrative
Certifications
Languages Spoken
Ethnicity
Multi-Racial

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