Eric Ström, JD, MA, LMHC

Attorney & Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

About Eric Ström, JD, MA, LMHC

My priority is to help you create and maintain an ethically sound practice. As a licensed attorney and a licensed mental health counselor, I understand the unique legal and ethical considerations of the health care profession.

From my office in Seattle, Washington, I provide legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to a wide range of health care professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, eastern medicine practitioners, and first responders.

I also currently provide counseling and psychotherapy services to combat veterans in Everett Washington.

www.strom-consulting.com

Answers  (39)

I'm sorry to hear that this has happened. Counselors are legally and ethically required to make sure that they always put the wellbeing of their clients above their own interests. In addition, counselor ethical rules, and the laws in just about every state, make it illegal for counselors to take... more

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That's a difficult question to answer. Dreaming is a normal (and healthy) part of the sleep cycle. The current thought is that we all generally experience roughly the same number of dreams - the difference often is just whether we remember the dreams or not.An increase in the number or frequency... more

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In general, the answer is no. Depression can not not generally cause PTSD. 

Your question does make a lot of sense, though. Depression is a common symptom of PTSD. 

A counselor in your area should be able to help you what's going on - either feelings of depression, PTSD, or both. 

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It sounds like you've already learned that just being honest is often the best approach. 

What do you think about telling your mom how you're feeling?  She might really appreciate it if you also let her know that regaining her trust is really important to you. 

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It can be really difficult when someone you care about doesn't feel the same about you. The most important thing to remember is that you can not make her feel a certain way. There is nothing you can do to force her to want to be in a relationship with you.In the end, if she "just wants to be... more

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It absolutely is a real thing. Work can take a significant toll on a person in many ways. There are several things you can do to manage burnout at work. Depending on your specific work environment, some of these might be more realistic than others. It may help to set firm boundaries between your... more

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Generally, the ethical codes only prohibit relationships with clients. There are however a few types of counselor-to-counselor relationships that are prohibited by the ethics codes. Such prohibited relationships include those between supervisors and supervisees; between professors and students; or... more

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When terminating employment, counselors need to make sure they don't abandon their clients. There are several ways a counselor can avoid abandoning a client. First, the counselor can refer the client to another clinician at the place of employment. Second, the counselor could refer the client to... more

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Having this kind of conversation with a doctor can feel difficult. But remember, you are the expert on you. Any good medical professional will recognize that.You are absolutely right to think about the importance of being your own health care advocate. Generally, the best approach is simply to be... more