Welcome to my practice! My name is David, and I’m a Eugene counselor and therapist. I provide individual therapy sessions, marital therapy, and couples counseling. I specialize in working with and treating anxiety, panic attacksgrief/loss, depressiondivorce, and infidelity. The types of psychotherapy techniques I use include Cognitive-Behavioral TherapyMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. My office is located at 1598 Pearl Street, on the corner of East 16th and Pearl.

I enjoy helping people connect with what they have lost in both life and in themselves. This process of personal recovery is amazing to witness and I am always impressed by the motivation of my patients towards change and honored to be involved, even if from the sidelines. I feel very strongly that we can let what happens in our lives make us angry, resentful and afraid, or we can embrace these events as a way to grow stronger, yet softer, and end up being more open to what scares us. Knowledge is power, including knowing ourselves.

I am currently accepting new patients and work with adults ages 18 and up. I can bill a number of insurance plans, including AetnaBlueCross BlueShield, First Choice Health, HMAModa/ODS, PacificSource, and Providence. I also offer the option for affordable private pay if you are interested in not using your insurance for increased privacy and confidentiality.

I come from a multi-generational family of therapists and psychologists. Both my sister and father are also therapists. I have grown up in this environment all my life and “breathed the air” of psychology, so to speak. My practice involves short-term, focused therapy as counseling shouldn’t go on indefinitely. If you’d like to schedule a session, you can easily schedule appointments online, making things simply and straightforward.


Depression

We all experience periods of normal sadness or disappointment from time to time. Where this becomes a problem is when your feelings start to interfere with your life. Most people suffering from some form of depression tend to feel down, depressed or hopeless and have little interest or pleasure in doing the things that they used to enjoy. This can affect a significant portion of your life and affect your future choices if not taken care of swiftly.

Anxiety

Do you find yourself worrying too much? Perhaps you frequently feel nervous, anxious or "on edge"? Are you afraid that something awful might happen and have problems relaxing or sleeping as a result? If so, you might be suffering from the consequences of fear, anxiety or stress. Anxiety controls and dominates us. Even the most rational person can become a victim of anxiety. It affects our quality of life and complicates our relationships.

Couples Counseling

It hurts to discover that your relationship is in trouble. We think that if we hang on, we can "weather the storm". Unfortunately, this isn't realistic and we end up feeling alone, isolated, and afraid. Recovering from the issues that bring us to the brink of divorce can be challenging, especially if infidelity is involved. Often we ask ourselves, "Can my marriage be saved?" This is the goal of couple's counseling.

Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is an invisible illness that no one else can see. It can be emotionally exhausting, affecting our lives in drastic ways. It can take a tremendous toll on our health, well-being and emotional stability. Considering that it can be difficult to treat and chronic pain affects us physically and emotionally, how we treat and respond to it can make a significant difference in our lives.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes. I work with adults ages 18 and older. My areas of specialty include marital therapy/couples counseling, depression (including grief/loss and self-esteem), anxiety (including panic attacks) and chronic pain management. No therapist should be a “jack of all trades”; as such, I generally refer out to other specialty therapists for issues of PTSD, OCD, Bipolar, addiction and personality disorders.

Can I bring my husband / wife / partner?

In most situations, yes. However, for the first session I will need to see just you. This will give us a chance to discuss your situation further and decide on how to best approach things. It’s important to make sure that having someone in therapy with you is beneficial and not merely a disruption.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

It’s important to remember that therapy is never a “quick fix”. It requires commitment towards personal growth and change. That being said, most people generally benefit from having 6-10 sessions on average. Sometimes, rather than stopping therapy at this point, we decrease the time between sessions to every other week or once each month.

I can only see you on Thursday evenings and I might need to cancel frequently (Yes, I actually got this question once)

My, that’s a lot of conditions. This generally isn’t a good sign, however we should talk further. My experience over the past 20 years has been that the more conditions we place on ourselves, the less likely it is that therapy will be very helpful or effective.

May I bring my children with me?

The office is shared by multiple mental health practitioners and childcare is not available. It will be important to arrange for childcare for your sessions as children cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.

What is the first appointment like?

We’ll go over your intake form and collect your insurance information. Then, we’ll spend time talking about what issues you’re facing and what sort of struggles you’ve had to deal with. We’ll also talk about what you’re hoping to get out of therapy and how we would best work together. Remember, it’s important that we both feel that we are a good fit in order for you to benefit from counseling.


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