● Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
● Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT)
● Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
● Florida State Qualified Supervisor
David holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Development, is a National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor specializing in personal support for individuals, couples, pre-marital, and family therapy.
With over 20 years experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Troy State University, MS graduate, David received extensive post-graduate sexual disorder’s training with addictions author and world renown clinical leader, Dr. Patrick Carnes. In a field with few genuine experts David is a specialized, knowledgeable and recognizable provider in the area of intimacy, addiction and sexual disorders. He is also an active member of “The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health” and the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
His area of expertise is working with relationships to clarify the best source of treatment, how to move forward, acquire skills, and discernment into the future in making better decisions. He firmly believes, that it’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself while finding compassion toward yourself that makes a real difference in your life.
David is an interactive, cognitive-behavioral therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support, validation and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates methodologies and specific techniques to offer a highly personalized approach. With compassion and understanding, he works to enhance your strengths to gain the personal development being sought. With a commitment to supporting your growth, he respects the reality of your journey to find an added value in better understanding the importance of accepting yourself. It’s important not to confuse behavior with who you are. Discounting our life experience is to continue neglecting ourselves, rejecting ourselves, or recklessly abandon ourselves. He believes that everything influences everything and with a better understanding of ourselves we can find a healthier empowerment through our reality. Reenactment plays a significant role with how we view our world, and only with this insight can we be more proactive in our healing and personal growth, which in and of itself is a process.
Between his experience, education and training, David brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the table in support of you moving toward a more fulfilling life that lends itself to a healthier balance. He is active in leading men’s groups with a philosophy and acceptance that we all have room to grow, and that we do what we know how to do until we are aware of how to do it better. David has provided services along the Emerald Coast for over 20 years and has resided in the area for over 30 years. “Having been married for more than thirty years seems so short-lived, but we are grateful for the life we have been so given. We look forward to life as it continues to bring so many things to find gratitude through”. They are also the proud parents of a daughter who completed her Masters Degree in Social Work, and serves as a Counselor supporting College students in searching out various career tracks, mindful of clarifying their options and passions. More importantly she celebrates her marriage with two daughters of her own, making them grandparents with their most recent addition this year. He has come to value his relationships, as we have all walked our own journeys both individually and corporately. He believes the life experience, to include our families of origin is significant considering how everything influences everything. Added insight enables any relationship to become more fulfilling and civil as we acknowledge the fact that we all have particular wants, needs, and desires. Although many may not have been met, an essential consideration of thoughts, feelings, ideas, needs to be foundational in any healthy relationship..
Florida State University
University of West Florida
Troy State University, MS
*International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals
Member: Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
Life Coaching Institute
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist
*Trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes, world-renowned Sex Addictions Expert; known for his history in sought out treatment by high profiled celebrities. Dr. Carnes has written 25 books in Sex Addiction, and several hundred professional research related articles for publication.