Welcome to Eric Hyde Counseling!
This site provides basic information about my practice and a blog containing articles related to my thoughts and experiences on various topics along the psychotherapeutic spectrum, dealing mainly with anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Education and Therapeutic Philosophy
I am a licensed professional counselor with the state of Oklahoma. I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression/mood disorders, and trauma. I hold a BA in Pastoral Ministry and MA in Theology from Oral Roberts University, and a MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University. I use an Existential and Christian perspective, employing the models of Person-Centered and Gestalt therapy. I am a trained EMDR therapist, which I use primarily for trauma, addiction, and anxiety related issues. I also use Jungian based Sandplay therapy when appropriate.
Past Professional Experience and Lessons Learned
I completed my internship with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. During this period I learned how to truly be with individuals and families suffering the life and death trials of cancer. It gave me an experiential sensitivity to death anxiety and a deep awareness of its power on the human psyche.
After my internship I spent the next several years working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with every form psychosis, trauma, and mood disorders under the sun. This period taught me the intricacies of the human condition; it helped me weed out methods and techniques of therapy that either failed to help in any measurable way, or worked but failed to hold for any significant length of time; it helped me to understand when short-term fixes were appropriate and when they only fostered further entrenchment of a pathology; and most of all this period helped me unlearn many theoretical ideas I gained from my formal education and replaced them with real-world experience.
I am 42 years of age. I married the love of my life at age 25 and we are raising 3 beautiful children. I desired to become a therapist beginning in my teenager years, but decided to follow the route of becoming a minister during my early college years. As a result of various twist and turns on life’s way I eventually discovered that becoming a professional counselor, rather than a fulltime minister, was the right fit for me and the fulfillment of a lifelong desire to help others in the capacity most suited to my talents and life situation. More on my personal journey to become a counselor can be found here.