Eric Anderson is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Southern California. Eric specializes in addiction therapy and currently focuses his work on men struggling with sex addiction. Eric has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a groundbreaking new way to treat pain and trauma. Eric also shares his expertise by hosting workshops, public speaking, and being interviewed on podcasts. If you want to find out more about Eric or connect with him, please check out his website: https://www.ericandersoncounseling.com. We were interested to talk to Eric about the leadership and communication skills necessary to do the difficult work of addiction therapy. As a classroom teacher, you may be familiar with the difficulty of getting students to feel safe enough to engage in real conversations about the subject matter. Eric faces this challenge daily as he tries to get men and couples to open up about the struggles in their lives. Eric also shares his insights on when to use your academic knowledge and when to build relationships, how to build credibility with others, building up your confidence, and creating healthy group dynamics. These are skills we could all use in the classroom, or wherever our leadership skills are needed! Eric is an old friend of ours, and we may occasionally refer to him by his nickname, “Erock.” Sorry about that. If you hear a reference to “Erock,” please remember that we are talking about Mr. Anderson. Eric references the work of therapist Stan Tatkin, an innovator behind the psychobiological approach to couples therapy. He has published several popular books on this topic. A good starting place for his thought would be his book Wired for Love. To find out more about Stan Tatkin, along with more of his books, videos, and ideas, please visit his website, https://stantatkin.com.
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