Easton, PA, April 1, 2007- , a psychotherapist with Bethlehem Counseling Associates, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for his commitment to counseling individuals, families and couples. Eckel is also an accomplished songwriter, pianist and singer who has released five full-length CD recordings and toured nationally and internationally.
After obtaining his bachelor of arts in music from Berklee College of Music, Eckel took a position as a high school music teacher in New York City. He became close to many students and was treated as a de facto counselor, of sorts. Says Eckel,
"Although I thoroughly enjoyed teaching music, I realized that I took even more pleasure in counseling students through their problems."This prompted Eckel to pursue a master of arts in school counseling from New York University. Once he accomplished this goal, Eckel worked as a counselor at a Yonkers high school while pursuing his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University and Argosy University. Today in private practice, Eckel feels tremendous satisfaction when his clients grow and improve the quality of their lives.
Eckel has pursued his foremost passion, music, with equal fervor. He has recorded five full-length CDs, each accompanied by a music video. He toured in France, Italy and Spain as well as on the East Coast and sold 7,000 CDs from the truck of his car. His style has been influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John and The Beatles, among others.
According to Eckel, his career achievements can be chalked up to his drive, his ambition to succeed and his belief in education. A national board certified counselor licensed in four states, Eckel is also certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and is a board-certified hypnotherapist. Eckel is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. To listen to a sampling of Eckel's music or to purchase his CD, visit http://www.thomaseckel.com.
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