I think of myself as a compassionate, patient and non-judgmental counselor and I strongly encourage my clients to think of themselves and their issues in the same way. I look at counseling as a collaboration and an opportunity to facilitate a growth experience and a transformation in how one feels and thinks about oneself as well as release what no longer is serving oneself.
I think how I stand out is my experience both in my extent of training in trauma modalities and years of working with people both in a clincial setting and prior years in community settings with a large range of people, as well and most importantly in my own healing which gave me a solid intuitive understanding of the path of the "healing journey" and my ability to facilitate that. Part of the healing journey is to learn to eventually tap into and trust your own inner wisdom.
Another way I am impactful is the depth of my knowledge in applying body/mind approach with clients. For issues around anxiety for example I not only introduce a conventional cognitive-behaviorial approach but introduce mindfulness and stress the importance of present-centered awareness and mindfulness practice to diminish anxiety and depression. As well I encourage looking at underlying belief systems as collections of thoughts well practiced and their entrenched influence on how we create our reality and can therefore create a much more loving, compassionate, positive reality.
I enjoy being able to facilitate an impactful change or growth with someone that changes how they experience themselves within and in the world. I especially find immense satisfaction in seeing their efforts paying off and their lives become happier and more peaceful. This comes about from helping them facilitate greater self-awareness but allowing to becoming aware of and changing your negative core beliefs and negative thoughts which are creating your present reality and becoming more aware of where we are putting our focus moment to moment.
I have worked for over twenty five years as a counselor in varioius settings and have a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health and an independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC) and well as graduate work in related fields. I have also had professional training from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and am certified as a clincial hypnotherapist(CCHt) and EMDT-trained, both useful for trauma re-processing and re-framing negative beliefs embedded in early childhood experiences.
“I found David during the darkest period of my life. He listened without judgment and gently guided me toward emotional and spiritual health. David sincerely cares about his clients and treats each with respect and kindness. He tailors his counseling around the needs of the individual rather than using a cookie-cutter approach with everyone. He literally brought me out of the darkness and gave me the tools I need to make sure I never go back there. He is a truly gifted counselor and human being.”
"David is not the first therapist that I have worked with, but he certainly has been the most effective in helping me really get centered. He has been a very comforting and intuitive soul, who has allowed me to see beyond my thoughts and fears. With David's guidance, I have learned to live in my body and not in my head. I have learned to free myself of the rumination and negative thought loops. Life is challenging, but I have learned to reframe the many obstacles that come my way. David has helped me trust myself, which has allowed me to create and manifest a life I desire. David is friendly, compassionate, wise, and very knowledgeable of modules and techniques that have helped me live a healthier and a more spiritually rich life."