Eric Chavez,
  • ASW

Mental Health Therapist

Eric was born and raised in Southeast San Diego, a community plagued by gang violence and drug abuse on the outskirts of downtown. Eric spent the first 10 years of his life in foster care where he had some of his first interactions with social workers. As a child, Eric was exposed to some of the harsh realities of life and difficulties that some individuals, groups, and communities experience. Eric’s chaotic upbringing and first hand experience with food insecurity, housing insecurity, as well as exposure to individuals experiencing untreated mental health issues is what allows him to lead with a heightened sense of empathy and compassion. Eric credits the love, guidance and support from many individuals along his journey for building resilience and tenacity. Along his journey, Eric has built a strong support system that has allowed him to seek an education and enroll at San Diego City College and transfer to San Diego State University where he earned a masters in social work.

In his free time you can find Eric riding his bike, exploring the outdoors, creating art, and spending time with family, friends and his pitbulls Clementine and Petunia.

Contact Info


  • Location: IDEA High School/Chaparral High School
  • Therapists can only be reached during the hours of 7.30AM-3.30PM. In the event you are feeling unsafe or require immediate medical or psychiatric assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the Access & Crisis Line for 24/7 assistance at (888) 724-7240.