Directed Therapy & Supportive Counseling, Eugene OR
Do you know what almost all of my new patients say to me when we first meet?
“I want a therapist who challenges me.”
I wholeheartedly agree. Talk therapy by itself isn’t useful if you’re wanting actual change. By making small changes on a daily basis, as a result of therapy we often see a significant difference in our lives.
My name is David Lechnyr. I work with patients out of my office in Eugene on the corner of Pearl & E. 16th, specializing with individuals and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
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.
“I like the idea of a more proactive, aggressive approach to problem solving and it sounds like I can find that here.” – Patient review
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes we’re stuck in “tactical hell” where we’ve tried every solution to get better, but nothing ever changes. The secret is in knowing which tools to use, which ones to ignore and how to best apply them, which is almost impossible to do without an outside perspective. That’s why working with an experienced therapist is crucial for patients seeking effective and long-term change.
Eugene may be a low-key town, but stress doesn’t care. If you’re struggling with this, you first need to understand how you’re living your life. You can get a head start by paying attention to the physical sensations in your body as well as the thoughts and words that pop into your mind during times of worry, frustration, irritation, or even anger. Armed with this information, together we can gain some significant traction towards improving your life.
Being able to ask that question is, oddly enough, a good sign. It means that you’re aware that something is off and that you’re not going crazy. Instead, it means that you’re actually trying to figure it out, but grasping at incomplete solutions. The outside perspective gained through individual counseling is a good way to narrow down and focus on fixing the things that are missing from your life.
I’ve seen a huge difference between the patients who get better and those who continue to struggle months later. Patients that come in “every now and then” and who don’t really work on the things we talk about in-between sessions find that, even months later, they are still struggling. When you’re committed to attending therapy every week or two and make small and gradual changes on a daily basis, you’ll notice a significant improvement in how you feel over time.
The first session allows both of us to find out if this is a good fit for you and identify how we might best spend our time together. It’s also very helpful if you ask me questions along the way, so that I know how to tailor your therapy sessions to your needs. The goal is to map out a specific plan for the changes you want to have happen in your life and identify the steps needed to make this a reality.
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 what we need, the less likely it is that we will find the answers we are looking for. In cases like this, it’s useful to identify what your goals are (things that are specific, measurable, and achievable) and what your dreams are (things that are fluffy, vague and tend to never happen without effort).