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“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional, you may choose not to suffer even though the pain is there.” I wish I could take credit for such sage wisdom, but that credit belongs to Zen Master Thich Naht Hanh. Master Hanh asks us to evaluate the decisions we make, how our lives are impacted by our decisions and ultimately, for us to make more life affirming decisions. Our life journey may not have taught us how to live up to Master Hanh’s challenge, acknowledgement of this is difficulty and seeking assistance are the first steps to emotional freedom and living a healthier life.

David’s mission has been to assist individuals and groups to make healthier decisions, he has lived true to this mission as a US Air Force Firefighter, Social Worker, Human Resource Executive, Executive Coach, and University Professor. David has traveled, taught and practiced in many global locations; this diverse experience has influenced his treatment philosophy greatly. While grounded in non-judgmental, psychodynamic, solution-focused, spiritual and strengths-based treatment, David holistically works with individuals, couples, families or groups to be able to make healthier decisions and respond adaptively to internal and external stressors increasing their interpersonal, social and/or occupational functioning.

David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Work from Rutgers University and Master of Social Work from New York University. David is a Licensed Social Worker in both New Jersey and New York, a certified School Social Worker in New Jersey, a certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a certified SMART addictions facilitator, a certified Executive Coach and he is a trained EMDR provider. His areas of specialization: Addictions, Anxiety, Career/Life Transition, Crisis Intervention/Management, Depression, Domestic Violence Abusers, Executive Coaching, First Responders, Men’s Issues, Multicultural Issues and Trauma. David has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of for profit, non-for-profit, governmental, corporate, social service and academic settings.