“My goal is to create a therapy of ideas, to try to bring in new ideas so we can see the same old problems differently.”
– James Hillman
I’m here to help.
Hi, I’m David.
I’m an eclectic and holistic psychotherapist helping individuals and groups to reduce fear, shame, and suffering through connecting to their deeper spiritual/emotional/physical selves.
My approach considers psycho-spiritual, emotional, physical, cognitive, historical, environmental, and cultural factors in understanding who you are and how you can heal. I practice in Sherman Oaks and provide online therapy throughout California.
My aim is to support you on your journey toward greater wholeness, consciousness, and balance. We all get the chance to reclaim our birthright of abundance to live and experience life with authenticity, joy, and connection.
As a fellow human, I have encountered the suffering, shame, rejection, isolation, anger, fear, and sadness that is part of our experience on this material journey called life. I have been there and continue to personally navigate and professionally grow in my relationship to the healing journey. Not only have I walked this path, and found my way out through my own personal therapy journey, but I did so as an HSP, (Highly Sensitive Person). I understand how disruptive and hurtful it is when we are misunderstood and not supported in our environments. I have had to figure out how best to navigate my life and I have accumulated many tools over the years. I feel strongly that my career as a psychotherapist is a calling – I am passionate about helping my clients grow through the deep and lasting work that can be achieved in one on one psychotherapy.
What is your wellbeing worth?
I know that therapy is expensive, and you might not want to make the commitment or be able to justify the cost. I can tell you that therapy changed my life in more ways than I can count. It has been a priceless asset to my life. I want you to know it is possible to find safety, love, and personal power in your life if you do the work and target the real issues.
I believe that we can all benefit from having a space to safely show up as ourselves – free of judgement, ridicule and shame. Not all therapy is the same, and you are encouraged to explore different approaches. I want you to know however that I believe you are fully capable of healing from the pain of the past and fear of the future.
My goal is to meet you where you are, and help you to get to where you want to go.
- California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) Lic. 109797
- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University
- Level 1 Emotion Focused Therapy w/ Dr. Leslie Greenberg
- 20+ Years Healing, Guidance & Mentorship in Personal Therapy
- 9+ Years providing Psychotherapy
- Private Practice Internship at Jeana DeLay LMFT
- Private Practice Internship at Ruby Paparello, LMFT
- Autism Spectrum Social Skills Group Internship at Teen to Young Adult the Gathering Place
- South Bay Counseling Center Practicum & DMH Parents and Children Together (PACT) Internship
- Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
- Member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of CAMFT
- Board Member at Large of SFV-CAMFT (2022+)
- Special Interest Chair of SFV-CAMFT Hiking Group (2019+)
- Co-host SFV-CAMFT Men’s Psychology Book Group Series (2023)
Professional Interests & Highlighted Courses
- Passionate lifelong learner interested in Depth & Archetypal Psychology
- Nature & Eco Psychology
- Cross Cultural Psychology
- Jung, Tolkien & the Archetypes of Middle Earth w/ Dr. Janis Maxwell
- Jung, Alchemy & Film w/ Jeffrey Kiehl PhD.
- Thomas Moore on the Work and Legacy of James Hillman (Pacifica)
- Myth and Psychology at the End of an Era with Michael Meade (OpenPath Collective)
I rejected duality (that two opposites can both be true) for years, and experienced more suffering than I needed to. I placed my dependency needs for security, intimacy, and power in everyone else but me. I became stuck, stubborn, and miserable. I kept thinking that if I only made linear progress in life, things would get better. I disowned my experience, my feelings, and numbed – I saw in black or white, when I needed to see all the colors. This only led to worse and regressed feelings that came out at the worst times. Many relationships failed because of this, and my time in “the desert” went on.
My shadow – the disowned part of me – saturated me in emotional intensity. I didn’t know how to process the storm of feeling inside. I tried to control the world outside instead. I became more lonely and wounded each day because of the lack of meaningful connection. I leaned into video games, spending, and toxic relationships that added to the shame. I started to feel like a hamster on a wheel.
I thought that if only I found a great partner, she would make everything better. I kept avoiding and running from what scared me, and I decided to disown my anger and be “mr nice”. I tolerated hurtful behavior in others. Then it happened, a relationship that I thought was assured, disappeared over night, and I was left on the ground with my knees taken out from under me.
THERAPY CHANGED MY LIFE
At the same time, the song of therapy had been in my life since I was a teenager. Learning and integrating new ideas opened me up to new potential, courage, and freedom, ultimately inspiring me to become a therapist. As I embarked on my healing journey, I continued to gain new tools and ways of understanding myself. Over the years, slowly and gradually, my healing journey helped me to continue to reprogram and restore my mind, body and spirit from the intergenerational trauma, reactivity and dis-ease I had known most of my life. Ironically, the loss I suffered opened me up to a new level of understanding and consciousness in my life.
I discovered that when we live in a society that is not inclusive to duality, we all want to be winners – no one wants to be a loser. This old school psychology of “success” is harmful and creates unhappiness and stress. I learned to embrace both potentials, and in loosening my attachment to “winning”, I began to truly succeed, let go, heal and thrive. I embraced myself! It wasn’t easy…learning to take responsibility for my happiness… I learned to really ground myself, embrace my shadow, step into and own my emotion, dialogue with inner parts, connect to stories of healing, understand how I work, and integrate principles of unity, duality, and multiplicity. And so much more. I completely changed who I am for the better. I could never imagine being who I am today if it weren’t for my journey of self discovery and healing through therapy. I am forever grateful.
WE CAN ALL BECOME THE CHANGE
In today’s world of instant gratification, impatience, and isolating “connectedness”, therapy as a light inside the darkness is more relevant and necessary than ever. We are a young people still and I believe that we are on the cusp of a great shift in human consciousness, at the same time, we remain on the edge of destruction. As Homo sapiens sapiens or “those that know that they know” we are in a unique place to individually and collectively contribute our energies in a direction toward balance. War, hate, climate change, artificial intelligence and more are real and existential issues that we need to navigate because of their potential for destructiveness. We all want to make a difference and I believe that the only way for us to make this world a better place, is to make ourselves better first and go from there. If we each decided to take responsibility for our healing no matter what, we would be able to come to a stronger place of healing the Anima Mundi, the “Soul of the World”. As Gandhi said: “Be the change”.
If you are struggling with loving yourself, finding your purpose, stepping into your life, seeking relief from suffering, or longing to fill the emptiness inside, I would be honored to be your guide on this perilous quest.