Honoring Erik Volper, LCSW (1980-2022)

Honoring Erik Volper, LCSW (1980-2022)

By Billy and Teri Schroeder

We are sad to announce that Erik Volper, LCSW and a therapist at Just Mind passed away unexpectedly last week. Erik was a very special person and it was a privilege to work with him. He cared deeply about helping others and worked hard to grow his capacity to help and serve others. This element of Erik was touching to witness – his duty to serve and the passion he got from it. Erik came to Just Mind from Communities in Schools and helped at-risk youth. Anyone who worked at CIS knew how important the XY Zone counselors were as the kids they served often had no one else in their life that was there to support them. Billy did this job in his own past and knows what kind of person does well in this role and it’s someone who is selfless, empathetic, and always willing to support those in need – as well as serve as a mentor to the youth. He worked there for 5+ years and clearly did well in this role.

Erik also worked in New York for the Educational Alliance as a mental health specialist, was a site supervisor for Partnerships with Children, and worked as a social worker at NYC Health and Hospitals Corp. He grew in all of these roles over the last 14+ years and helped those in need.

We can speak most directly about Erik’s time with Just Mind. As a therapist, Erik worked tirelessly to help the clients he worked with. Frequently he would pass by our office in one of his southwestern shirts and pop in to tell us how excited he was about progress a client had made or things he was learning that he was excited about. He was deeply passionate about becoming a better psychoanalytic therapist and worked hard to grow in this respect. He had a deep commitment to the service and wellbeing of others. It was a nice thing to encounter as it reminded you that this is what being in this field was all about.

He was just a good presence at our practice — we don’t know how else to say that. He was always genuine, friendly, warm, and with a good sense of humor that was there. And as we have already started hearing from some of Erik’s clients, it is only continuing to show us the connections he’d made with many of his clients and how much that has meant to them.

We know this will be repeated by many but Erik was a giving person who was taken from us far before his time.

*Official obituary

Funeral livestream Wednesday, 4/26 at 10 AM.

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