Erik Sather, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys working with a diverse range of couples and families. I also enjoy working with individuals, children, and adolescents.
I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative process between therapist and client(s). During this process clients can explore areas for growth and change and allow the therapist to provide a different perspective. The therapeutic process can be a very rewarding and impactful experience, but also requires work, insight, and honest evaluation between client(s) and therapist. Building an authentic relationship through collaboration that honors the uniqueness of each individual, couple and family is a vital part of therapy.
I also believe that as we move through life we create patterns based on interactions with others which help us navigate our everyday lives. Interactions with our parents, friends, children, partners, siblings, co-workers, and many others help shape how we relate to each other. Many times these patterns are healthy and allow us to positively interact. However sometimes, for a wide variety of reasons, these patterns become unhealthy and we long to improve them. Therapy is the ideal place for couples, families and individuals to explore how we interact with not only others, but within our own self.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Studies and a master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University. In my graduate and post-graduate work I was trained in many therapeutic models that I have found to be helpful. I routinely draw from Contextual, Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Family Systems, and Emotionally Focused therapy techniques in the counseling process.