David offers counselling service to youth (13+) and adults facing a wide range of issues. David has specific expertise in the areas of suicide and suicide prevention, career counselling, and issues facing post-secondary students and recent graduates, and often sees clients facing depression, anxiety, overwhelming stress, life transitions, and many other difficulties.
David’s approach integrate emotion-focused, narrative, and cognitive-behavioural therapy, and he offers a grounded and caring atmosphere where clients feel understood and empathized with. He is certified to administer and interpret career counselling assessments including the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.
David has a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver BC, and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. In addition to his private counselling practice, David works as a clinical counsellor at a large local university. His other experience includes teaching as a sessional instructor, working as a youth suicide prevention therapist, a post secondary career counsellor, a mental health worker in community homes for people with serious mental illnesses, and as a tutor in an alternative youth education program.
Suicide is an emotional word. Feelings of confusion, fear, anger, and even disgust are common responses when the topic comes up in conversation, rare as that might be. As a clinical counsellor, I have felt all of these emotions when discussing suicide with clients and will continue to do so. But over years of working with people at some of the lowest points of their lives, I’ve learned not to let those emotions get in the way of compassion. I…