David Lechnyr, LCSW

Welcome to my practice!
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and relationship issues for individuals using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and marital therapy using Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

My goal is to help people looking connect with what they have lost in both life and in themselves. I feel very strongly that we can let what happens in our lives make us angry, resentful and afraid, or we can embrace these events as a way to grow stronger, yet softer, and end up being more open to where we need to be in life.

This process of personal recovery is amazing to witness and I am always impressed by the motivation of my patients towards change. I come from a multi-generational family of therapists and psychologists. I have grown up in this environment all my life and “breathed the air” of psychology, so to speak. This experience has taught me that the hardest part of change for anyone is in getting to know yourself and to face the areas where we feel stuck at in life. If I can help during this process, I would be glad to assist you.

About David

David is a individual and couples therapist with over 25 years of experience.

Insurance & Fees

Many insurance plans are covered, including Cigna, Moda, Providence and PacificSource.

Online Scheduling

Easy of scheduling your appointments and the ability to fill out forms electronically

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients? Yes. I am currently accepting new patients, ages 18 and up. I provider both in-person appointments at my office in Eugene, as well as online/video therapy.

Do you take insurance? I can bill several insurance panels, as well as being able to accept health-savings/flexible spending accounts (HSA/FSA). I also offer the option for private pay, which has the added benefit of increased privacy and confidentiality.

How many sessions will I need? I generally schedule appointments once every 1-2 weeks, depending on your needs and goals. As you progress in therapy, we can start slowly decreasing the time between our sessions. It’s important to remember that therapy is never a “quick fix”. It requires commitment towards personal growth and change. That being said, most people benefit from having at least 6-10 sessions.

What is the first appointment like? After reviewing your initial paperwork, we’ll spend time talking about what issues you’re facing, what sort of struggles you’ve had to deal with, and what you’re hoping to get out of therapy. This also allows you to get to know me and my style, as it’s important that we both feel that we are a good fit in order for you to benefit from counseling.

I can only see you on Thursday evenings, I might need to cancel frequently, and I’ll need to bring my cat… My, that’s a lot of conditions (Yes, I actually got this question once). This generally isn’t a good sign, so we should talk further. My experience over the past 23 years has been that the more conditions we place on ourselves, the less likely it is that therapy will be very helpful or effective.

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