I used to feel like a complete mess. I was starting to lose myself and everyone else that I cared about. After working with Dave, I learned how to be mindful and talk myself out of my spiral of endless worry. I don’t feel so completely lost or crazy. Instead, I feel more normal, more at peace. I’m not totally fighting myself at every turn.”– Client review
Welcome! I’ve spent the last two decades working with people who want to get unstuck by becoming a better version of themselves. My approach has been influenced greatly by the compassion of Carl Rogers, the skills of Aaron Beck and the wisdom of Pema Chödrön. I’m also one of the few Certified Gottman Therapists in the area.
Of course, that’s the boring stuff. Let’s try that again with something more interesting:
- Eugene is my home town.
- I grew up with many therapists near me: My two sisters are also therapists, and my father is a retired Psychologist.
- I learned to drive a stick shift on the hills of downtown Seattle.
- Growing up with three younger sisters, I’ve never learned (or cared) to understand the rules for football.
- I’m pretty good with Star Trek trivia.
- I both love, and shudder at, the 80’s.
- My two favorite books for personal growth are The Alchemist and Who Moved My Cheese (only 95 pages; you can’t beat that).
One of the things that is different about me is that I’ll actually spend time and read the forms you fill out when you become a new client. I hate it when doctors ask you to write down important details and then they never even go over it with you.
The other thing is that I will challenge you. Not to the point of doing anything you don’t want, but instead to become the person you’ve always wanted to be that matches your values and goals. Otherwise, we’re just spending time talking together, and nothing really changes. My bottom-line purpose as your therapist is to help you achieve what you want or need out of life.