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Biography

My mission is to revolutionize the ways we think about and experience education and personal development

Porter has been obsessed with the question “How do we learn and grow across the lifespan?” for the past 15 years. For well over a decade, he has combined his passions for psychology, education, and facilitation, teachings hundreds of students aged 5-70 in schools and out of schools, and spent years designing, directing, and facilitating rites of passage programs to support youth and their families in making healthy transitions. For the last five years he has worked across the U.S. on the cutting edge of social and emotional learning is public schools and youth programs, consulting major urban school districts and state governments and training hundreds of teachers and youth workers across the country. Porter is currently pursuing his graduate degree in counseling psychology at NYU as a way to bring more impact to his work and to sustain community transformation, while running a reduced-rate counseling practice and pioneering contemporary rites of passage programs for teens and adults.In his free time, he travels the world, makes music, hangs out with cats,, and spends time with community. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Recent Work

2023 - Present

Founder

Porter Eichenlaub LLC

Runs and offers reduced-rate counseling services focused on men in their teens and 20s struggling with depression, anxiety, life path, and existential and spiritual questions.  Facilitates contemporary Rites of Passage retreats across the U.S. for youth and adults. Consults and facilitates custom workshops on Social & Emotional Learning. 

2019 - Present

Senior Field Consultant

The Forum for Youth Investment's David P. Weikart Center

Senior consultant for one of the largest youth development intermediaries in the country. Consults and trains nationally to develop and implement online and in-person trainings and coaching services to support the professional development of directors, managers, and frontline staff in youth development organizations, with a focus on Social & Emotional Learning. 

2011-2014

Social & Emotional Learning Project Manager

School's Out Washington

2007-2010

Program Manager & Senior Field Guide

Rite of Passage Journeys

Lead program manager, consultant, workshop developer & trainer for a large non-profit bringing social and emotional learning to youth-serving organizations in partnership with school districts across Washington State. 

Lead program designer and backcountry field guide for 1-3-week long intensive personal development & leadership backpacking programs for youth ages 10-18.

Education & Credentials

New York University | 2023 - Present

M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness 

Currently Pursuing Degree & Licensure

Vital Psychedelics Training | 2023 - Present

Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies & Integration

Currently Pursuing Certificate

Internal Family Systems Therapy Institute | 2022 - 2023

Certified IFS-Informed

Elementum Coaching Institute | 2022 - 2023

Certified Coach

Interchange Counseling Institute| 2014 - 2015

Certified Counselor

Antioch University Seattle | 2007 - 2010

B.A. in Education & Psychology

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