Eric Rodgers, LPC

Eric Rodgers

Chief Executive Officer

Just for Men Behavioral Health

Member Since 2020

ACA is a community of diverse, vibrant counselors and educators who are changing lives and the world at large. Eric Rodgers, a member since 2020, is CEO of Just for Men Behavioral Health, providing a clinical approach tailored to male clients.  

Briefly describe a typical day in your work life?  

My days are dynamic and impactful. They start with energizing fitness routines, followed by studying topics relevant to my role at Just for Men Behavioral Health, focusing on men's mental health. I also prioritize staying connected with loved ones. A significant part of my day involves working with the local counseling association, guiding future professionals. Reviewing my clients' clinical issues and developing training programs for clinicians with Peak Development Group are key aspects of my work. Additionally, some days are dedicated to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, where I support organizations during crises like workplace incidents or layoffs. 

What is the biggest challenge facing the mental health field today?   

A major challenge in today's mental health field is the scarcity of providers specializing in male-centered therapy. Many male clients frequently express difficulty in finding therapists who understand and cater to their specific needs. This issue is further compounded for men within the BIPOC community, who often struggle to find male therapists with insights into their unique experiences. Therapists should consider men's perspectives in all aspects of their practice, from the design and ambiance of their offices to the application of clinical knowledge tailored to the male experience. This approach is crucial for providing effective, inclusive mental health care. 

What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about counseling?  

A prevailing misconception about professional counseling is the belief that counselors lack comprehensive training to address an extensive array of mental health concerns. Throughout my career, I've encountered numerous instances of professional bias simply because I'm not a clinical social worker or psychologist. This bias wrongly assumes that my training is limited, overlooking my competence in diagnosing, administering assessments, and providing treatments beyond just depression and anxiety. The depth and breadth of a counselor's education and skills deserve recognition and respect. 

What role do you think counseling plays in the delivery of mental health services in today & society?  

In the dynamic field of mental health, counselors are increasingly broadening their roles, moving into areas once reserved for psychologists. This expansion allows for more diverse service offerings and choices in mental health care. Counselors are not only involved in direct therapy with individuals, groups, and families but also play crucial roles in advocacy, pushing for policy changes and improved access to mental health services. They take on leadership roles, influencing the quality and direction of mental health programs and contributing to best practices. Additionally, counselors consult with various organizations to integrate mental health considerations into different environments. Their growing involvement in mental health evaluations further showcases their versatility and expertise, ensuring clients receive comprehensive and responsive care. 

What do you do to take care of yourself and rejuvenate?  

To take care of myself and rejuvenate, I incorporate mini stretching and yoga sessions between client appointments. This helps me maintain flexibility and reduces stress. Additionally, I focus on fitness and healthy eating throughout the day. Consuming nutritious foods while seeing clients is crucial for me to ensure mental clarity and maintain high energy levels. These practices not only keep me physically fit but also contribute significantly to my mental and emotional well-being. 

What outside of counseling brings you joy? Tell us about your hobbies or outside interests. 

In the challenging realm of professional counseling, where the weight of others' stories and emotions often rest upon my shoulders, finding a haven for respite is crucial. Immersing myself in the intricate world of escape room games is my go-to refuge! This passion not only excites me but also provides a therapeutic outlet to disconnect from the stressors of my profession. The sheer delight of unwinding from an intense week by navigating through the puzzles of an escape room with my trusty group of friends is unparalleled. Having conquered over 200 distinctive escape room challenges, and with a personal feat of playing 9 games in a single day, it's evident that I'm an ardent enthusiast. Beyond the adrenaline and camaraderie, these escape rooms offer me a transient yet significant escape, enabling me to rejuvenate and return to my counseling role with renewed vigor and perspective. 

If you’d like to share how ACA membership or participation has helped you along your career journey, please do! 

The most significant benefit of my membership in the American Counseling Association (ACA) lies in its remarkable efforts to enhance the credibility of counselors in the field. The ACA's successful initiatives, such as advocating for counselors to be recognized as Medicare providers and working on the counseling compact, have greatly contributed to this. These advancements are gradually shifting perspectives among other professional providers and the public regarding the vital role of counselors in mental health care. As a result, I feel more confident and comfortable with my identify as a Professional Counselor.