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Baptist minister and psychotherapist, Rev. Eric M Minton, M.Div., M.S. LMFT proposes an alternative to understanding depression and anxiety as less the presentation of individual pathologies in need of immediate professional intervention, and more the body's natural and necessary response to an inhumane living condition. Utilizing a combination of Restoration Therapy/New Contextual Family Therapy and Narrative Therapy, as well as training in sociology, theology and philosophy, Minton provides a path toward healing that begins by first listening to a patient's depression and anxiety by asking larger questions about what kind of structures and societies frequently produce these experiences in patients across demographic spectrums. Minton then proposes a utilization of emotionally regulating exercises and collaborative problem solving tools rooted in both an exploration of a patient's attachment based injuries in his or her family of origin, as well as the current depressing and anxiety inducing realities of a patient's present.
Eric Minton is a native of Knoxville, TN, and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduating from UTK, Eric moved to Pasadena, CA to study theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, earning a Masters of Divinity, and has worked in churches in both Southern California and East Tennessee. After several years of pastoral work, Eric returned to graduate school to pursue more training in psychotherapy, earning a Masters of Science in Counseling from Carson Newman University, and practices as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Eric utilizes a combination of Restoration, Narrative and Solution Focused therapies in his work with clients of all ages (particularly adolescents and emerging adults). Additionally, Eric is passionate about integrating components of spirituality, philosophy and sociology to better serve client populations of any background and experience if this integration is beneficial to a client’s well-being. Eric also provides individual coaching to pastors, non-profit leaders, business people, as well as whole institutions using a family systems driven approach to creativity, decision making, and emotional regulation.
In his free time, Eric loves being a dad and husband, snow-skiing, bike riding, running, hiking, reading, modern design, Bob Dylan, writing and Tennessee sports.