Welcome. I'm Erik Edler, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (psychotherapist / counselor) in private practice. If you've found your way here, you're probably dealing with painful emotions or relationship problems and you want to find a way to deal with the issues and feel better. I can confidently tell you, getting good therapy is the way to make that happen.
Although times are more stressful than ever, a very positive shift has also taken place. Now, going to therapy is like going to yoga, massage, or the gym. Therapy is like doing emotional yoga or going to the mental gym! Take the time to stretch, to breathe, to work out the knots, to get stronger. Getting individual therapy or couples counseling is a sign that you're being proactive about your health and wellbeing, and the wellbing of those you love. Life's challenges, especially now, can create a lot of stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship conflict. It's more important than ever to consult wisely, to get good feedback, and to be your strongest and your best.
Check out this great article from Huffington Post on the known benefits of therapy:
Talking To A Therapist Can Literally Rewire Your Brain
If you're looking for hope and the possibility of real improvement in your life, your emotions, your perspective, and your relationship, you've come to the right place. Effort equals success. And the effort we put into our personal growth and the growth of our relationships returns to us with valuable benefits. Therapy is an investment in your personal happiness and in your relationship. When you're stronger and happier, you're a better person in most every way. You personally benefit from your newfound clarity and confidence, and those around you benefit from it as well.
"When we're stressed, we become less empathic, less compassionate, less capable of taking somebody else's perspective. It's really good for people to get stress under control because there will be fewer cases of hypertension or diabetes. But ultimately, the most important reason is because people will be nicer to one another." Jon Kabat-Zinn
Depression, anxiety, and relationship issues all interact. Your depression or anxiety may stem from current relationship problems or things that have gone wrong with relationships in the past. We all really need each other, but all too often, things go wrong. Relationships are so important because they form us and shape us, from our parents, our brothers and sisters, the kids at school, all the way from the past and into the present. Sometimes it's a lost love you've never recovered from.
Good relationships help us function well, and difficult ones take their toll. We'll need to discover the specific nature of your difficulties, to find the way out. Understanding the cause will tell us the solution. Relationships are complex and dynamic, and you're wise to get good consultation on how to help yourself really thrive, and how to have a successful partnership with someone. I hope that you will find hope and encouragement here for the challenges you may be facing.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
I am a therapist / counselor in Long Beach, at the boarder of Seal Beach, specializing in Relationship Counseling, Couples Counseling/Coaching and Marriage Counseling, and I provide Individual Therapy for clients dealing with the full range of Anxiety, Depression and Relationship Issues. Another main area of specialization is my work with Midlife Crisis and Midlife Transition issues. I also work with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual clients on the issues specific to the LGBT community. For those seeking a Faith/Spirituality dimension to their counseling work, I am able to meet you where you are and integrate spirituality into your counseling process. Please check out the menu bar where you can find more detailed information about my areas of specialization.
I provide clients with highly personalized counseling, consultation, and psychotherapy focused on gaining new understanding, working through emotions, building new skills, and achievement of goals. My integrated treatment approach finds what works for you, and is intended to create real relief from negative emotions, and a lasting change for the better. Together you and I will determine your goals and the best approach for reaching those goals. Whatever challenge you're facing, the fact is you will need to see things in a new way, to get beyond these challenges and into the next, better and brighter phase of your life. Therapy helps you see things in a new way.
This is your life. Your personal wellbeing really matters. And it's important to keep in mind that the best thing you can do for yourself and those you love is to simply be the best, healthiest you that you can be. Participating in individual therapy or couples counseling is about taking care of yourself and those you share your life with. If you're looking for some support and guidance through a challenging situation and you're ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals.
Call for an initial No Charge 30-minute phone consultation. Office phone: 949-735-1725.
After 10 years in Seal Beach, I am happy to announce my move to a new space on PCH in Long Beach, just a half mile north from my old location.
Please take a moment to look around and see how you and I working together can help get you on the path toward a stronger and happier you. I invite you to take the next step. Please call or email me with any questions, or to make an appointment. I look forward to talking with you. - Erik