About Eric Nykamp, LMSW

imgIearned two undergraduate degrees from Calvin University (BA in Psychology, BFA in Studio Art) and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in counseling from Western Michigan University. I have practiced for 15 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and an additional 7 years providing pastoral counseling as a church staff member. I have many years of experience working with families, couples and individuals, and am a LGBTQIA-welcoming counselor. I have worked most of my career in the field of mental health, helping people cope more effectively.

I try to create an unrushed, compassionate and culturally sensitive environment in my sessions. It is a privilege to listen and talk with you about some of the difficult things you are going through and I will decide with you how much and how fast we talk about them. I encourage people who have gifts of creative expression to bring that part of themselves in to their counseling sessions as well.

I am a lifelong learner, and am currently taking courses in DBT as well as researching therapeutic approaches for addressing racial trauma and developing racial resilience. I am a trained antiracism educator with CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation). And I recharge my batteries by traveling, playing the piano, painting in my art studio, or playing with my dog, Happy.

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Emergencies: If you are experiencing an emergency or if your need is of an urgent nature, please call 911 or go to your local hospital. Contacting me does not constitute a client therapist relationship unless you are a regular client who is being seen by me in my office.


Stress management 
Anger Management
Grief and loss 
Life events and transitions
Relationship issues
Race-based trauma and resilience 
Trauma and Abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
Substance Use
Schizophrenia and other thought disorders
Borderline Personality 
Religious/Faith issues 

Treatment Orientation
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma-Informed Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Solution-Focused Therapy

If you decide to use your insurance benefits for “behavioral or mental health,” contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:

Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
Do I have a deductible to meet for in or out of network benefits?
If yes, how much is your total deductible?

If yes, how much of the deductible has been met?

Can I be seen by a LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LLP, LLPC, LPC, LLMFT, LMFT, or PhD?
Does my insurance allow supervision by a PhD or LMSW?
Is my therapist in or out of network?
If my therapist is out of network, what will my insurance cover for out of network services?

How many visits am I allowed per year?
If there a limit on visits, how many have I used already?

What is my policy plan year (i.e., January to January or September to September)?
Do I need a referral or authorization in order to be seen for therapy or testing?
Will my insurance cover individual and group therapy are on the same day?
What is my copay amount per session?

"I love working somewhere where I am valued as a person and for my strengths. I love working with likeminded people that work to see the company grow and that also want each other to grow. Dr. Agnew help fosters the dreams of the people that work at AFBHS. The compassionate culture is something that drew me in."

-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW