MA, LMHC, CSAT, EMDR Trained 1 & 2
Philosophy of Counseling
I believe that everyone has the potential to live the life they want, a life worth living. 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, helping you to eliminate unproductive and ineffective patterns, 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, a life worth living.
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 Pia Mellody, 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 awarded 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.
Intensively Trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
David completed intensive training in DBT in 2013. He and the staff at Spectrum Recovery Solutions participate as members of a DBT consult team in keeping with the adherent model of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. David and facilitates a DBT Skills group and offers DBT therapy and coaching calls in an adherent model.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a research supported, evidence based therapy model based on attachment theory and concepts of creating and deepening connection between partners. David has completed the basic and extended training modules and is actively pursuing certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
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.
Post Induction Therapy
David has completed training in the Post-Induction Therapy model with Pia Mellody, the originator of the model and senior fellow at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenberg, AZ. This model powerfully guides the individual through a process of eliminating trauma-related reactions and moving into healthy moderate patterns of thinking and being.
David is a member of AMHCA, the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association; EMDRIA, EMDR International Association; FMHCA, Florida Mental Health Counselor’s Association; GMHCA, Gulfcoast Mental Health Counselor’s Association; ICEEFT, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy; 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.’