Patrick Eilers, M.A., LLPC, earned his master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Moody Theological Seminary - Michigan. He has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Patrick was a former adjunct professor of psychology at Concordia University (2018-19); and at Jackson College (2019). Patrick utilizes a broad range of therapeutic techniques that are empirically sound with the flexibility to meet the goals of his clients. This is achieved by utilizing one's current strengths at the same time discovering, and then implementing, new skills in which a client can employ as they move forward on their journey of life.
Sexual Addiction Recovery (Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder) - As a CSAT candidate, Patrick, is trained to look at multiple dimensions of sexual behavior, compulsion, and the problematic use of digital sexual media (pornography, etc.), as well as helping his clients understand relational intimacy challenges. Patrick believes it is necessary to identify all “root” causes through specific techniques that are designed to help an individual better understand, not just the behavior, but themselves.
Dr. Patrick Carnes states, sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment. Sexual addiction has been called sexual dependency and/or compulsive sexual behavior disorder, as well as countless others. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict's life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the organizing principle of addict's lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.
- Sex Addiction/CSBD is real, and recovery is possible.
- Addicts and their families deserve quality treatment by compassionate CSAT’s
- Sex addiction and compulsivity do not discriminate. Both impact people of all races, sexual orientation, nationalities, religions, creeds, ethnicities, gender expressions, ages, physical attributes, or mental abilities.
Marriage / Pre-Marriage - Patrick strives to create and facilitate a safe, open, caring, and professional environment for couples struggling in their relationship. No matter what the current state your relationship may be in, marriage therapy can be insightful to improving your relationship with your significant other. This is an opportunity to challenge your relationship by strengthening what is working and addressing areas of improvement. No matter the area or topic, couples counseling creates a comprehensive and collaborative plan to help facilitate improvement, commitment, and overall satisfaction between you and your significant other.
Patrick is trained in utilizing The Gottman Method Couples Therapy to utilize the empirical research tool to help marital couples grow their relationship. This therapy is based on 40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples. It’s designed to help couples manage conflict, to deepen friendship and intimacy, and to navigate life together with shared life purpose and dreams; all of which lead to a healthier and happier future.
Individual Counseling- Patrick strives to help facilitate a safe, confidential, and professional environment that will allow for encountering growth and change in his client’s life. Individual counseling is an opportunity to come alongside and invite accountability, exploration, and processing of the areas of life that are challenging. This model promotes self-insight, empowerment, and resolution for clients.
Christian Counseling - Patrick has educational background to utilize therapy that includes a faith-based perspective. Foundation within faith can help bring insight, promote growth and encourage his clients as they journey through life. Incorporating a Biblical theology worldview to therapy is another way in developing a deeper relationship with self, others and God. Patrick can assist in utilizing elements of both theology and counseling to address all areas of need.
Patrick’s Counseling Experiences:
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Impulsivity
- Coping Skills
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Internet/Gaming Addiction
- Life Transitions
- Marital and Premarital
- Men's Issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Pastoral Struggles
- Peer Relationships
- Racial Identity
- Self Esteem
- Sex Therapy
- Sexual Addiction
- Sleep or Insomnia
- Suicidal Ideation
- Trauma and PTSD
- Psychology Today
- IITAP (International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals)