Dave (pronouns: he/him/his) uses a relational approach and incorporates the Couples Developmental Model with an eclectic range of interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Theray, TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and narrative therapy. Dave believes that the therapeutic process is a journey where client and practitioner work together collaboratively to achieve goals through a strengths-based and client empowerment approach. In his work with clients Dave recognizes that each client’s strengths, needs and goals are unique and he tailors his therapeutic approach accordingly to best support each client.
Dave enjoys working with couples across a range of clinical issues including co-parenting issues, affair recovery, sexual health issues, and navigating conflict arising from differences. Dave finds the Developmental Model to be well-suited in assisting couples in building differentiation and navigating difficult life experiences, and he enjoys helping couples develop the skills to effectively and assertively communicate around difficult topics and authentically clarify boundaries. Additional clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ issues, including gender and sexual identity exploration, as well as providing therapeutic services to assist clients in accessing gender-affirming medical care; helping clients cope with and manage ongoing mental health needs; grief, death and loss; trauma; and school issues.
Previous to working at the Couples Center Dave has worked in outpatient and residential settings providing couples therapy for adults as well as individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. He has also worked as a therapist in the community college and university settings, with a special focus on assisting with adjustment to college, managing emerging and/or ongoing mental health needs (most often involving anxiety, depression, bipolar and PTSD) and safely processing past and/or current traumas.
Dave is Kink Knowledgeable and Poly-Aware/Poly-Affirming. He believes therapy must be a safe space for clients to explore issues while acknowledging and affirming all of their intersecting identities.
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