This is my resume and background information. If you’re looking for information on how I work with my patients in my current practice, you can view my About section here.
Behavioral Health & Psychotherapy
David Lechnyr, LCSW, 2006 – Present
Returning to counseling and mental health has worked out extremely well, and I love being able to help people grow and overcome obstacles. My primary focus, and where I find that I do best at, is with anxiety, depression, and couples counseling. I tremendously enjoy working with people and, in many ways, have found a good life balance in running my own business here.
Network Manager, Office of Human Resources
University of Oregon, 2000 – 2008
Unexpectedly I ended up working at the UO, still in technology. Over the next several years I gained skills in supporting a number of people, yet increasingly felt that technology was starting to keep me away from the human aspect that had directed me into counseling in the first place.
Senior Network Engineer
InfoGroup NorthWest, 1998 – 1999
The opportunity to return to Eugene was perfectly timed, and this job was different enough and leveraged my growing background in technology. Were I to do it again, I would have paid more attention to the business side of things as opposed to just the technology. Here is where I got my first taste of being a manager of several projects, which in reality I was ill-prepared for at the time.
Senior Resource Engineer
Keane, Inc., 1996-1997
I needed a break as I began to feel disillusioned with working in the public mental health system. This job served as my transition between Seattle and returning to my home town of Eugene.
Crisis Response Counselor 2
Comprehensive Life Resources, 1992 – 1995
Provided emergency mental health services to individuals and families, including suicide/homicide risk assessments while acting as a liaison between law enforcement officers, County Designated Mental Health Professionals, hospital ER staff and other community agencies; providing court testimony for involuntary detainment investigations when needed. This is all a fancy way of saying I was part of a “cost-containment” team to reduce the need for the county to deploy involuntary commitment specialists unless absolutely necessary.
Medical Social Work Intern
Madigan Army Medical Center, 1991 – 1992
I mention this internship only as it was geared towards an inpatient setting, on a military base. Both unique experiences from my perspective.
Martin Luther King Ecumenical Center, 1990
This was my first direct exposure to individuals suffering from chronic mental illness. Providing case management for low-income individuals proved to be quite an eye-opener. In the end, it was a welcome chance to be exposed to some of the harsher realities of the mental health field.
Master’s Degree, Clinical Social Work (MSW)
Walla Walla University, 1991 – 1992
Living in Tacoma, attending school in Walla Walla, before the era of the Internet? The only way to do this was to commute, every week, back and forth. It was an insane approach but it worked out extremely well in the end. Surprisingly, I travelled with my dog, who ended up attending classes with me.
Bachelor’s Degree, Clinical Social Work (BSW)
Pacific Lutheran University, 1987 – 1990
It was either psychology or computers. And the only computer courses offered were for COBOL. I opted for something less dreary and stuck with clinical social work.
- LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker #17754
State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
- LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker #4134
State of Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Feb 2019
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dec 2018
- CBT – Essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Oct 2018
- Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Gottman Institute, Jul 2016
- Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Gottman Institute, Dec 2015
Honors & Awards
- Eagle Scout, 1986
- International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2015 – Present
- Academy of Certified Social Workers, 1994 – Present
- National Association of Social Workers, 1990 – Present