Welcome to the practice of David Lechnyr, LCSW! As a Eugene therapist and counselor, I work with individuals ages 18 and up. I provide therapy for a number of issues, including anxiety, assertiveness, codependency, depression, panic attacks, perfectionism, self-esteem, self-compassion, and relationships/marital therapy. Easy to use online scheduling is available for you to be able to make an appointment to work with me. As well as being able to bill a number of insurance plans, I offer private-pay sessions for those wanting additional confidentiality.
I enjoy helping people 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 what scares us. 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.
My approach has been described as Directed Therapy & Supportive Counseling – Specific enough to receive guidance, but supported in that you are respected, heard, and valued for your own path in life. With this in mind, I have found these to be the most common areas of focus when working with patients:
- Anxiety, Stress, and Worry
- Assertiveness Communication Skills
- Building Self Compassion
- Challenging Codependency
- Depression and Sadness
- Finding Your Purpose in Life
- Improving Self-Esteem
- Managing Panic Attacks
- Recovering from Your Past
- Reducing Perfectionism
- Relationship Communication Skills & Marriage Therapy
- Written by S.E. on March 23, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning divorce, life transition, stress, and family.
Easy to schedule an appointment with, very down to earth, practical.
- Written by L.J. on March 15, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family conflict, and self-esteem.
David is good at telling you what you need to hear in non-threatening, yet still helpful, ways. He’s able to gauge what kind of information you are ready to hear and how best to deliver it.
- Written by C.E. on March 1, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning self-esteem, depression, marriage, and self compassion.
Helpful evidence-based advice and exercises.
- Written by A.E. on February 14, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning codependency, depression, family issues, anxiety, and stress.
David is a thoughtful listener who has practical suggestions about how to change behaviors.
- Written by G.W. on February 11, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning divorce, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, and stress.
David provides profound and helpful insight.
- Written by S.D. on January 4, 2018 after counseling with David on issues concerning bipolar depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and self esteem.
I have had great success in my therapy with David.
- Written by K.I after counseling with David on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem.
David is a really great counselor, always willing to listen, makes you think outside the box and really see life from a bigger picture. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
- Written by T.B. after counseling with David on issues concerning bipolar depression, anxiety, relationship, and stress.
During the first few minutes of talking with David, I felt he had my best interest first and foremost. I left feeling comfortable and knew he would set the wheels in motion to help me get back to where I need to be.
- Written by R.P. after counseling with David on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, loss, and self esteem.
I wanted to thank you. I don’t think I’d be where I am in this process without your help.
- Written by C.T. after counseling with David on issues concerning family conflicts, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues.
David was personable and easy to talk to. I was hesitant to see a counselor at first, but he was supportive of my needs and concerns. I felt listened to.
- Written by J.W. after counseling with David on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders.
I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable and kind David is. I’ve never been to counseling before so was unsure. It was very helpful.
- Written by D.T. after counseling with David on issues concerning depression, trauma, and stress.
I like that working with David offers a supportive yet challenging atmosphere. In the past I have been to too many “talk therapists” who just nod and don’t really help you with anything. While it has been difficult for me at times, it has made a lot of difference in my life working with David.
- Written by A.G. after counseling with David on issues concerning anxiety, bipolar depression, relationship, and stress.
David has been just the therapist I was looking for. He listens to me and understands me. In every session, he follows understanding with great insight, and suggests actions I might take.
- Written by E.R. after counseling with David on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and family conflict.
He has compassion for my past and future thoughts. Opened my mind about why I am the way I am.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are you accepting new patients?
Yes. I am currently accepting new patients, ages 18 and up.
- Can you bill my insurance?
I am able to bill a number of insurance providers, including Moda/ODS, PacificSource, FirstChoice Health, and Providence. I also offer the option for affordable private pay, which has the added benefit of increased privacy and confidentiality.
- Where are you located (and where do I park)?
My office is located at 1598 Pearl Street, on the corner of East 16th Ave. and Pearl. A small parking lot is available on the north side of the building; both metered and free parking are available on both sides of East 16th (view parking map).
- How often can I see you?
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.
- How many sessions will I need?
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.
- If I want to bring my spouse/partner, can they come to the first session?
In most situations, yes. This will give us a chance to discuss your situation further and decide on how to best approach things. However, it’s important to make sure that having someone in therapy with you is beneficial and not merely a disruption.
- May I bring my children with me?
The office is shared by multiple mental health practitioners and childcare is not available. It will be important to arrange for childcare for your sessions as children cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.
- 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.