Hi. I’m David, and the first thing you should know about me is that I’m passionate about psychology and my work as a therapist. I love helping people gain insight into their hearts and minds, improve relationships with family and friends, and ultimately discover the best versions of themselves.
I earned a Bachelors in Cognitive Science from Northwestern University, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University in Nashville where I currently practice.
On my way to becoming a therapist, I worked as a writer and founded a successful production company in Los Angeles, and my clinical approach is informed by my executive experience and my background in the creative arts. My areas of special focus include relationship stressors unique to the entertainment industry, creative blocks and barriers to artistic inspiration, non-traditional relationships, spiritual and existential distress, sex therapy, mood and personality disorders, the parenting of defiant adolescents, conflict management for couples and partnerships, as well as boutique mediation and consulting services for divorce and partnership dissolution.
When we meet you’ll experience someone who is curious about you, someone who is genuinely interested in helping you confront the problems in your life as you make your way towards lasting personal change. You’ll notice I’m not one of those “nod and repeat” type of therapists. Our sessions will feel like a conversation. Together we will explore your thoughts and feelings, and I’ll offer you a fresh perspective through empirically supported interventions informed by the latest psychological research. We will identify your potential for growth, and we will challenge the beliefs and behaviors that keep you from experiencing happiness, harmony, and health.
If you’d like to know more about the specific types of therapeutic treatment I provide, my process is eclectic and includes the following models of therapy:
DBT is an intensive, highly structured program that strategically blends behavior therapy with validation, incorporating a Zen-like balance of acceptance and change. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches practical skills to deal with those issues without having to resort to maladaptive behaviors. Learning how to think and act dialectically helps people move toward having a life that feels more meaningful and worth living.
CBT is a goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on how they behave.
EFT is a short-term, solution focused approach to couples therapy that helps address attachment-related insecurities by developing each person’s emotional intelligence. EFT teaches people how to interact with their romantic partners in more loving, responsive, and emotionally connected ways.
SFT doesn’t just focus on resolving the problems of an individual. Instead, it focuses on resolving the problems of an individual’s entire family structure — its alliances, boundaries, rules, and communications — in order to turn dysfunction into function and restore harmony to the family system as a whole.