Team

Eric Dykstra

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Director, Director, Jenison Clinic

Contact

P: 616-244-2246

Facts

I’ve sailed over 6000 miles on Lake Michigan over the past 25 years, including 12 trips from Chicago to Mackinac Island and many cross-lake races. I currently sail a catamaran named Grateful, which is very fitting.

I wanted to be a psychologist ever since I was in high school. I didn’t really know what I was getting into back then, but it’s the best job ever!

5/1/0 - # of episodes of stitches, staples, and broken bones.

“You cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails” – Anonymous/Unknown

Profile

I believe that I have the best career in the world! I have the privilege of joining with kids and their families in order to help solve problems, develop strategies to get around barriers, and promote each individual’s growth. I value each child as uniquely gifted and my goal in assessment and treatment is to provide healing and growth through relationship. I have a strong behavioral background that serves as the foundation for the philosophy and theory of my work, which I combine with developmental and relationship-centered principles. This results in a blend of skill-based teaching, processing-type interventions, creative and active play, and a whole lot of fun! Aside from the growth and change that I get to be a part of, one of the most rewarding aspects of my day is the excitement of the kids when they come to therapy appointments. I hear more complaining and see more tears when its time to go home than I ever thought possible!

Not only am I grateful for an amazing career, I am blessed in many other ways. I have two incredible sons that keep me humble and teach me new things every day! Some of the things we love to do together include building with Legos, reading books, watching movies (Star Wars and Harry Potter are current favorites!), and wrestling in the living room. I was born and raised in West Michigan and all of my family still lives in the area, so I get to see my parents, siblings, and niece and nephew quite frequently. One of my greatest passions is sailing, an activity that I’ve been able to share with my family for many years now. I can’t think of a better place on earth than sitting on a sailboat on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of Lake Michigan! I enjoy daysailing, cruising, and racing sailboats and have spent countless hours (days and weeks, actually!) away from dry ground. My passion for sailing has also led me to find one of my favorite quotes and life mottos: “We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust our sails.”

Education

Calvin College, BA in Psychology

2001

University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology

2003

University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology

2005

Experience

I began my career working in diverse settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, an outpatient mental health center, two day treatment/educational programs, and two intensive residential treatment centers. For the past 10 years I have been providing outpatient mental health services at Developmental Enhancement, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental differences.