Eric  Slaughter

Eric Slaughter

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients for daytime & weekend remote therapy appointments (updated June 3, 2020)
Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Eric Slaughter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in depression, trauma, including PTSD, separated families, domestic abuse, and childhood abuse, anxiety, and couples counseling. He also has extensive experience working with individuals who may be losing a spouse and or are feeling isolated as they get older. He works with teens, families, and adults across the lifespan. He welcomes all lifestyles, ages, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

When Eric first meets clients, he conducts a full assessment to get to know the individual(s) sitting across from him. He also establishes trust and a therapeutic alliance to help clients feel comfortable and safe. He frequently utilizes Narrative Therapy and feminist theory, along with some elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In sessions, he and his clients will address topics such as attachment history, coping skills to help them regulate, and development of competences in balancing their daily lives.

Eric is also certified in Attachment Recovery and Competence, which is the approach he uses when working with families and/or individuals with a history of trauma. Using this approach means identifying important childhood skills that show to be negatively affected by traumatic stress and/or attachment disruptions. His sessions are solutions-focused and collaborative and in nature. He helps his clients connect with other medical providers if necessary as well as equip them with healthier coping tools.

When working with couples, Eric utilizes a similar approach but also incorporates elements of Emotion Focused Therapy. He will also employ a number of techniques in the room to help increase communication, including role-playing and calming techniques.

Eric cares deeply about his clients and the work he does. He’s done a lot of research on PTSD, veterans, and couples. Outside of private practice, he is a hospital chaplain and does a lot of volunteer work with the geriatric community. Formerly, he worked at a substance abuse clinic and as an in-home family therapist, primarily working with children and adolescents. His office is located in Northwest DC, near Gallaudet University.

Message to clients

The most important factor in successful therapy is trust and relationship. I work hard on that along with validation and empowerment.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Eric Slaughter is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $30 - $125
  • Initial session: $125 (50min)

Therapist's note

Eric can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Downtown DC practice

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

1313 New York Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20005


  • Mon 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thu 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Fri 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Chaplain, 2010 - Present
Intensive In-home Family Therapy, 2015-2017