Services

Erik Edler Gay & Lesbian Therapist in Long Beach

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 to the areas of Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo (SLO), Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Santa Barbara, and the Central Coast.  I love working with individual clients and helping both straight and gay relationships.   

My Areas of Expertise

My therapeutic approach 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).  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 these important issues:

  • Depression, Discouragement, and Loss
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Truama & PTSD Issues
  • Life Coaching, finding meaning & direction
  • Loneliness and seeking a partner
  • Couples counseling, straight & gay couples
  • Stopping Divorce, even at the 11th hour
  • Midlife Crisis & other Life Transitions
  • Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexuality Issues
  • Faith and spirituality issues

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.  

As 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

Did you know that 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 cause of an issue, you should take it.  Some therapists are of the opinion that people should just expect that they'll need to keep going back to therapy again and again every time their same syptoms return.  My therapeutic approach 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 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).  Working through the core issues once and for all can also allow people to function well without medication, depending on the condition.

"Treat yourself with compassion.  Nothing in the world is without blemish, so be gentle and kind to yourself when you stumble."   Daniel Levin

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LOCATION

Erik Edler LMFT

Availability

Erik Edler, Psychotherapy

Monday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-9:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed