Philosophy of Counseling
I believe that everyone has the potential to live the life they want, a life that works. It is my goal to assist you in creating that life through the identification of patterns of belief, thought, and behavior that keep you from realizing it, here and now. I guide you through a holistic process of "re-parenting" yourself, helping you to integrate body, mind, and spirit, and to live fully in the present, the source of joy and peace. I dedicate myself to helping you realize your highest potential, creating the life you want.
Education and Experience.
David is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. He has experience working with juveniles and adults in recovery from addictions, dual diagnosed adults (mental illness and substance abuse), adult sex offenders, children with adjustment issues, couples, and people in crisis. David has a background in education, with 14 years teaching at the elementary level. David has studied with therapist and author Linda Meyerholz, pioneering addiction specialist Dr. Patrick Carnes. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida.
CSAT Certification by IITAP
The CSAT,Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, designation is awarded by the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). David was awared this certification after completion of a rigorous and thorough training regimen that includes both theoretical and experiential components, followed by 30 hours of supervised practice. As a sexual addiction and multiple addiction specialist, David uses a unique synthesis of humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral systems in a clinically proven task-centered approach to recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviors.
EMDR Trained, levels I & II
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a recognized effective treatment for PTSD and trauma. David completed this training in 2011, through the EMDR International Association, and includes this powerful healing modality when appropriate for clients for whom trauma plays a role in the addictive process. David continues to attend advanced EMDR training and supervision with the goal of full certification as an EMDR specialist.
Parenting With Love and Logic®
David conducts parenting workshops and seminars on improving and expanding parenting skills using the Parenting With Love and Logic® curriculum, as well as working one-on-one with families where parents struggle with problematic behavior of one or more children.
David is a member of ACA, the American Counseling Associaion; AMHCA, the American Mental Health Counselor's Association; EMDR International Association, FMHCA, Florida Mental Health Counselor's Association; GMHCA, Gulfcoast Mental Health Counselor's Association; IITAP, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals; MHSWFLA, the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida; NAADAC, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors, SASH, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health; and Drug Free Collier.
David is available to speak on the topic of sexual addiction and the impact of this growing problem on communities, businesses, families, partnerships, and individuals. Please write or call for availability.