I strive to provide an effective clinical experience focused on mental health or substance abuse issues. Relationship dynamics can promote problems. Including partners or children can quicken the healing process. According to (Relationship, Health, & Marriage: 2005) less than half the participants actually benefit. My job is to understand your problems, see potential solutions, and search for ways to help. Transferred learning from the therapy experience to "real life" means we were successful. "Clients often report the benefits of treatment endure and may continue to improve after therapy" (APA, 2013).
Relational psychotherapy is complex. It depends on "readiness". It is my responsibility to assess it and promote ways to strengthen it. Length of time together and severity of problems contributes to the outcome. Text and email exchanges can promote between sessions follow-up and is encouraged.
I incorporate outcome research to increase the quality and effectiveness of the experience. "Psychotherapy (may) reduce overall medical utilization and expense" (APA, 2013). "Overall, mental and neurological disorders account for greater disease burden than any other category, with the exception of communicable diseases" (WHO, 2008).
Call or Email Steven L Ecker for a free consultation now - (804) 876-0928


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Virginia Tech
  • Year Graduated: 1989
  • License No. and State: 0701001303 Virginia


  • Avg Cost (per session): $70 - $90
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, Wire

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Anthem
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015
Steven L Ecker, PhD, LPC, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Richmond

Steven L Ecker

Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC, LMFT