Clients Served: Children 12yo+, Individual Adults, Couples, Families
Availability: Tuesday - Saturday Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings
Insurance: BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, Scott & White, Humana, TriWest - ask about your coverage
Private Pay Rate: $150
Change is inevitable and it can also be uncomfortable and scary. Many of us already have the strength to manage change but need a little help finding the courage and confidence. That is why David takes a collaborative, flexible, transformational, dynamic, and strength-based approach to empower clients to face life’s circumstances as productively as possible. He can equip you with the tools to tackle all your personal and professional obstacles.
As a licensed professional counselor, David works with clients of all ages and backgrounds on a variety of mental health concerns including professional burnout, stress, anxiety, grief, family conflict, trauma, anger management, depression, Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and self-esteem. David is a specialist in helping trauma workers and a doctoral candidate at Sam Houston State University, where he educates on professional identity dissonance, resiliency, and authenticity. He has been interviewed on CBS, PBS, USA Today, and World News.
David takes a non-judgmental and inquisitive approach while helping individuals, families, and couples to discover their inner strengths. He provides a neutral safe space, where clients are free to share whatever struggles they are having. Not everyone is the same in the way they approach life’s challenges, which is why David works with each client to develop a customized treatment plan that fits their needs. His goal is to help clients heal from past wounds, be energized to continue on a positive path forward, and to recognize personal strengths.
When David isn’t helping others with their passions, he is working on his own as an expressive art hobbyist.
Personal and professional growth can be challenging but it doesn’t have to feel impossible. Sometimes it just takes a little guidance and support to get to a better place.
The best is yet to come and better can begin today.
"I can give you a little insight into how therapy with me could be. Although, with full transparency, who knows - every therapy is different.
In a collaborative therapy session, the therapist and person in therapy develop a partnership in which they talk with each other, not to each other. Individuals can tell their story while a therapist actively listens and seeks to understand their perspective. To facilitate dialogue, the therapist might ask questions, comment, and make sure they accurately understand what the person in therapy is saying. By forming a cooperative relationship, they work together to create a new understanding of the individual's experience, allowing for transformation. A crucial part of collaborative therapy is the therapist's recognition that a person in therapy is the expert on their own experience."
"I am not the expert here, you are. I am not an authority figure and I do not have greater knowledge or understanding. I can offer my own suggestions or perspective, but I avoid imposing my own ideas on you in therapy. I value transparency, so I often will share those ideas, and receive direction from you.
Specific techniques a collaborative therapist may use include inviting you to tell your story in your own way and at your own pace. I am interested in your experience and will listen attentively, and also respond, often asking you (the expert on your own life) whether my interpretation of your experience is accurate, and pause, using silence to create space for reflection."
"In the beginning stages . . .
I like to work collaboratively and with a ton of flexibility.
We will construct the structure of our experience together, in a way that will work for us (frequency of interactions, means of interactions, use of tools, expectations etc.). If, later we find our construction isn’t working, then we will change it. We won’t be held captive in non-productivity by a system that we design."
"We will work together to set a therapeutic agenda. Research shows that if you and I co-create explicit and clear ‘objectives’ or ‘goals’ then you will experience a better outcome from being in counseling. I have a framework I prefer to use, but depending on the nature of your concerns we may choose to create something new."
"Where and when you experience change is hard to predict. No two counseling sessions are ever the same and the path of growth is always different person to person. Between sessions there will be ongoing opportunities to reflect upon insight, participate in experiments, strategies, exercises and chances to practice new skills. We are not limiting our work to live sessions.
Feedback and transparency are crucial in this space.
I am committed to being transparent, and while I hope that over time you trust me enough and our relationship becomes secure enough that you will be fully transparent with me, I can’t require you to be. I will build in time at the end of every session to check in and hear from you about your experience during the session."
In the spirit of either transparency, full disclosure, satisfying curiosity, appreciating being a multi-dimensional human - who I am outside of the role of therapist, counselor or coach and the confines of the screen. Click on the link to learn about my other businesses and projects unrelated to therapy or counseling