Erik Edler 2020

Counseling & Psychotherapy in SLO / the Central Coast / California

I want you to feel encouraged, and know there is hope.  Together we can help you achieve strength, confidence, peace of mind, and a healthy relationship.  Counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching focus on achieving the goals and making the improvements that are needed to change your life for the better. It's important to find the right therapist/counselor who can help you.  I am dedicated to providing counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching services in San Luis Obispo and to the Central Coast.  For the time being, I am doing all sessions by video, and my clients are finding it very easy and productive.  Pease feel free to give me a call at 805-868-0767 with any questions you might have.

This year has been a difficult one, it's not over yet, and it looks like we may be in for a bumpy road going forward for a while.  I have seen stress, anxiety, and depression rise significantly in people this year.  You find yourself dealing with the multiple issues of the current national crisis, while also trying to carry on and make progress with your individual life.  Dealing with the increased demands placed on you might be breaking you down.  I want you to know there is help and there is a way forward, to a much better mental/emotional state, and a much better life situation.  

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My approach to therapy combines the best of short-term, solution-focused therapy and deeper-level psychodynamic therapy. Major studies have shown that psychodynamic therapy not only produces better results than simple supportive therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy, but that clients actually continue to improve for months and even years after completing therapy.  That is truly remarkable.  ("Getting to Know Me," by Jonathan Shedler, Scientific American Mind, 12/10 & "The Idea That Wouldn't Die," by Molly Knight Raskin, Psychology Today, 6/11).  Many therapists, like many medical doctors, treat the symptoms, but not the cause.  It's like treating the smoke but not the fire!  If you have the opportunity to get to the actual root cause of an issue, you should take it.  Some therapists believe that people should expect that they'll just need to keep going back to therapy again and again every time their same symptoms return. I believe, and I have seen, that people are capable of real transformations.  Working through the core issues once and for all can also allow people to function well without medication, depending on the condition.

My work focuses on helping you address important issues, such as grief and loss, depression and discouragement, loneliness, finding a partner or breaking up, anxiety and stress, and trauma and PTSD issues.  I help both straight and gay/lesbian clients work through their internal and interpersonal conflicts, and find better ways of relating and living with themselves and with others.  I work with people going through major life transitions, especially including the challenges of launching as a college student or as a young professional, and the specific challenges of midlife, including midlife crisis issues.  I love to work with people as a life coach, to help you find meaning, clarity, direction, and empowerment in your life.  And I can include the spiritual aspects of life, health, and growth, if this is a valuable dimension of who you are.  I can meet you wherever you are and bring that perspective into our work with grace and respect.  


Some clients just need a lot of listening; they just need to be heard.  In that process, they figure out what they're feeling and what they need to do next.  Other clients need solid information, answers to questions, and a lot of feedback.  Most of the time, it's a matter of finding the right balance between the two.  A good therapist will know what you need. I tailor my approach to how you work best.  Together we'll talk about your goals and how much time you'll need to reach them.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.  

CouchAs life becomes more and more difficult and uncertain, it becomes more and more important for you to be your strongest, your clearest, and your best.  I'm here to help, with counseling, therapy, and coaching, so that you can become wiser, more grounded, happier, more at peace, and more motivated to live up to the expression of your true and unique self. 

You can choose to take the next step forward.  I'll be there to help.  Please contact me with any questions you might have, or for a free 30-minute phone consultation.

"May we grow spiritually, unfold emotionally, learn intellectually, and prosper in wholeness of health and affairs."  Craig Carter, Handbook for Healing

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Erik Edler LMFT