Directed Therapy & Supportive Counseling

Eugene counselor David Lechnyr, LCSWMy name is David Lechnyr. I am a counselor and psychotherapist who specializes in treating depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and marriage counseling.

I enjoy helping people connect with what they have lost in both life and in themselves. I feel very strongly that we can let what happens in our lives make us angry, resentful and afraid, or we can embrace these events as a way to grow stronger, yet softer, and end up being more open to what scares us. This process of personal recovery is amazing to witness and I am always impressed by the motivation of my patients towards change.

I come from a multi-generational family of therapists and psychologists. Both my sister and father are also therapists. I have grown up in this environment all my life and “breathed the air” of psychology, so to speak. This experience has taught me that the hardest part of change for anyone is in getting to know yourself and to face the true fears that keep you awake at night. If I can help during this process, I would be glad to assist you.

On-line appointment scheduling is available for both new and existing patients, ages 18-64. I am able to bill for a number of insurance plans and also provide affordable private-pay sessions for those wishing to have additional confidentiality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes. I am currently accepting new patients and work with adults ages 18 and up. I can bill some insurance plans including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bridgespan, First Choice Health, HMA, Moda/ODS, PacificSource, and Providence. I also offer the option for private pay if you are interested in not using your insurance for increased privacy and confidentiality.

Can I bring my spouse/partner?

In most situations, yes. This will give us a chance to discuss your situation further and decide on how to best approach things. It’s important to make sure that having someone in therapy with you is beneficial and not merely a disruption.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

It’s important to remember that therapy is never a “quick fix”. It requires commitment towards personal growth and change. That being said, most people generally benefit from having 6-10 sessions on average. Sometimes, rather than stopping therapy at this point, we decrease the time between sessions to every other week or once each month.

What is the first appointment like?

We’ll go over your intake form and collect your insurance information. Then, we’ll spend time talking about what issues you’re facing and what sort of struggles you’ve had to deal with. We’ll also talk about what you’re hoping to get out of therapy and how we would best work together. Remember, it’s important that we both feel that we are a good fit in order for you to benefit from counseling.

May I bring my children with me?

The office is shared by multiple mental health practitioners and childcare is not available. It will be important to arrange for childcare for your sessions as children cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.

I can only see you on Thursday evenings, I might need to cancel frequently, and …

My, that’s a lot of conditions (Yes, I actually got this question once). This generally isn’t a good sign, so we should talk further. My experience over the past 20 years has been that the more conditions we place on ourselves, the less likely it is that therapy will be very helpful or effective.