Dave takes a depth-oriented approach to therapy where he and his clients do not settle for the surface, and instead explore the roots of present-day concerns—which ultimately may lead to a liberation and freedom from the long-standing patterns and old conditioning that no longer serves us. This can, in turn, set the stage for transformation and new growth to occur, paving the way to what we most want for our lives: perhaps fulfillment, happiness, connection or aliveness. He aims to learn what you most want for your life, and to explore and overcome what is in the way of it.
Some of the pathways Dave utilizes, toward that end, include NARM (the NeuroAffective Relational Model), as well as Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Imago Relationship Therapy. Dave also recognizes that, at times, we may just need shorter-term symptom relief, or to develop strategies to more effectively meet the challenges of our day-to-day lives; for these situations he draws on his extensive experience with clinical approaches that have a more immediate and practical impact, such as CBT and DBT.
Additionally, Dave’s practice is informed by Buddhist psychology, meditation, and mindfulness, as one of his passions is longer-term residential meditation retreats. Having experienced the power that comes from integrating western psychology with more traditional healing practices, he enjoys incorporating his clients' spiritual or cultural values and practices into the process of therapy.
Some of Dave’s specialties include complex and developmental trauma, anxiety disorders, chronic depression, perfectionism, OCD, addictions, and men’s issues. He also enjoys and has years of experience providing supervision to new clinicians and mental health practitioners in the field.