Dave is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), completed his Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University, where he has developed a wealth of clinical skills and insight treating mental health concerns. He works primarily with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and addictions. Dave is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and EMDR Trained. Prior to Astute, Dave gained experience working in the outpatient addiction field and in various crisis intervention roles, where he learned the unparalleled importance of a strong therapeutic alliance. Dave believes that people heal interpersonally, through the kind of healthy and supportive relationship that therapy can provide.

Taking an integrated approach to counseling, Dave incorporates philosophies and techniques from Psychodynamic Theory, Logotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, all through an evidence-based lens of interpersonal neurobiology. He also utilizes EMDR, an evidence based and highly effective model for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Through his culturally-affirming practice, Dave helps clients to explore what their values are and where they originated. In a trauma-informed manner incorporating mind, body and spirit, he holds space for feelings that clients may have previously avoided, felt unsafe to experience or simply not noticed, in order to heal and build a higher tolerance for future emotional distress. In this way, Dave helps his clients to live a fuller life, one more closely and deliberately aligned with their own goals and values.

Dave is well-equipped to help with life transitions, grief and loss, addictions affecting yourself or your loved ones, anxiety, depression and simply helping you develop a fuller, richer understanding of yourself. He believes that the main benefit of therapy is an increase in options—clearer paths around the obstacles in your way, better relationships with yourself and others, and getting more out of your life than you’ve previously thought possible.


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