Erik J Petersen, LPC

I am an extrovert. I love people and crave deep relationships with others.   I have not always been an extrovert, this came when I challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone, which was not comfortable at all,  but more of a place of shame and fear as a result of some childhood experiences.  When I started my quest to find my true self and the things that interested me I discovered the world is full of beauty and found a new hobby in international travel.  At the same time, I discovered this part of myself,  I experienced a significant loss in my life with the death of my father.  The grief from this, and many other different varieties of loss I have experienced in life has led me to find my own healing and in that I have found new meaning in my life.

In my travels and listening to my clients’ stories I realize that we all struggle with something within us and sometimes the most exciting, fulfilling, scary quests are the ones where we go inward.  The journey where we discover what drives us and deciphering whether or not we like that. The journey, where we connect and feel what our divine purpose is and in my journey where I discovered that grief is more than loss of jobs, people, and relationships.  Grief can be experienced when are hopes, dreams, and expectations don’t line up with our reality.   When we are holding on so tight to things that could be different, better or more but aren’t.

In my quest to find my own meaning and guiding those in finding theirs, I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years.  I graduated from Regis University in 2012 and have worked on enhancing my natural abilities as a counselor with specialized training in Grief and life transitions, trauma, and working with couples and individuals find renewal, balance, hope, and healing.

I take pride in my work as a counselor and I am honored to have individuals share their story with me. We work together to not only find skills to manage their struggles but to go beyond and find true healing that lies beneath.


  • M.S. in Clinical Counseling, Regis University
  • B.S. Psychology, Southern Adventist University


  • Couples/Families
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Stress Management
  • Adults
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss

Insurance Accepted

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Self-Pay
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