Passionate About Inspiring Others
Sometimes we can use a little guidance. Sometimes it's about our future, sometimes it's about our relationships. Sometimes we're feeling down or stressed or panicked.
We all experience challenges.
Like you, I've had my share of challenges in life. And through those experiences as well as a great deal of training, studying, reading, listening, and learning, I've gained wisdom which I love to share with others. There's no reason you need to struggle through life. I would be honored to get together with you and listen, learn, and guide you.
Licensure & Education
Licensed Professional Counselor, guiding teens, adults, and couples since 1992
Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University
Bachelors degree in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX
Qualifications & Interests
30+ years as a Licensed Professional Counselor
Thousands of adults, teens, and couples guided over the years
17 years in Student Ministry; 12 years directing his own Family Camp
- Passionate about mentoring others into the life and relationships they desire
- Sports enthusiast (especially soccer, basketball, football, tennis, golf, snow skiing, snow boarding)
- Lover of the great outdoors (fishing, mountain biking, hiking with his dog)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
I prefer to spend 100% of my time helping my clients rather than dealing with insurance companies. So while I do not deal with them directly, I can provide paperwork for you to submit a claim to your insurance company if you'd like. I have been told by several of my clients that they have been reimbursed 70%-80% of the charge towards their out of network deductible (i.e., if they paid me $140 and were reimbursed 70%, the session only cost them $42).
Do you have a slide fee scale?
Yes. For most of my counseling clients, my hourly rate is $178/hour. If, however, your gross family income is less than $100,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $160/hour; if less than $75,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $140/hour.
How do I register for my first session?
Simply choose the service that you'd like on the home page (i.e., "1-on-1 Counseling" or "Couples Counseling") and click "Book Now." It will show you all of the days/times that I'm available. Simply choose one and fill out the info. Then, complete the "1st Visit" form on the “Forms” webpage. That's it!
Are you doing 100% virtual sessions?
Yes I am doing all of my sessions virtually (Zoom, phone, etc.). I have found that many of my clients prefer the ease and ability to access my services from anywhere (their home, office, in their car, etc.) rather than having to drive to an office (or for some, drive to my city). I realize that some people would prefer in person counseling; fortunately there are many other counselors who do offer that service.
How should I prepare for using Zoom?
Zoom is easy to use. First, download Zoom onto your phone/tablet or log onto Zoom.com via your computer. . Prior to your session, make sure the space you’ll be using is quiet and private (no children, co-workers, barking dogs, etc. disturbing your time). To get maximum bandwidth, you may want to ask others (children, spouse, etc.) to be off of wifi for your hour so that you don’t have wifi glitches. Turn your phone/ipad on “Do Not Disturb” so that you don’t get calls/texts/notifications during your session. Choose a place where you have light in front of you/on your face rather than behind you. When your session is about to start, you can click on the Zoom link in the “confirmation email” (which you received just after booking your session) or the Zoom link in the “reminder email” (which you receive 24 hours before your appt); make sure you are not “muted” and click on the “video” icon to turn your video on. You may be in a virtual “waiting room” for a minute or two, then David will start the session with you. As the session wraps up, he will likely give you homework to do; then you can book your next session on the website.
How often will we meet?
Frequently, I like to meet with people more frequently at first as most people come in when they are really hurting emotionally; I like to get started quickly, providing rapid relief to their most significant struggles whenever possible. Then we typically meet once a week until they're able to meet once every two or three weeks. My goal is to build you up rapidly to the point at which I am no longer needed.
Do you accept every client that comes to you?
I am selective on who I accept. Throughout the first two to three sessions, you'll check me out and I will assess you to see if we are a good fit. I tend to take on clients that are coachable and motivated to make rapid improvements. Clients who are not particularly interested in making significant changes (which includes doing homework assignments after most sessions) will be better served via another therapist.