About David

Hi there, I’m David! I am originally from the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples, and today gratefully acknowledge my living in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.

I work with people experiencing difficult problems. These problems go by many names, and may be new or old, big or small, but all share the common trait of stubbornly obstructing our happiness. You might feel depressed, stuck or directionless, unable to steer toward a more hopeful future. You might struggle with the overwhelming complexity of your life, or feel paralyzed by the choices it presents. You might lament the harshness with which you treat yourself or those you love. Whatever they do, however they operate, these problems make life needlessly hard.

At their heart, I believe our problems carry essential insight about what we need to flourish. I help you to uncover the purpose of problems, understand their wisdom, and transform them into opportunities for greater well-being and authentic engagement with the world we share.

I’m passionate about helping people understand and navigate their inner worlds, and have been accompanying people on these journeys since 2010. I view these expeditions as essential not just for our individual happiness and well-being, but also for our movement toward a world that is more kind, just, and humane for all.Outside the office I spend my time building and restoring furniture, exploring the hidden geographies of the west coast, and unwinding with Casey and Otis, my human partner and canine partner, respectively.

Credentials

Education

Master of Social Work
University of British Columbia

Post-Degree Studies, Social Work and Social Development
University of Waterloo

Baccalaureate of Arts
University of Guelph

Registrations

Registered Social Worker
British Columbia College of Social Workers
British Columbia Association of Social Workers

Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Therapeutic training

Cognitive Processing Therapy
Vancouver Coastal Health

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills
Behavioral Tech x Psychwire

Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience
Dr Diane Poole Heller

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Sue Genest MSc RCC CCC

Narrative Therapy
Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy

Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray
Dr Madeleine De Little

Additional training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Canadian Mental Health Association

Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Covid-19: Methods for Detection, Prevention, Response and Control
World Health Organization

Indigenous Awareness Certification
Indigenous Awareness Canada

Integrated Trauma Therapy: Incorporating IFS with EMDR, SP, CPT, AEDP, DBT, and Psychedelic Medicines for Treating Complex Trauma and PTSD
Internal Family Systems Institute

Medication Management for Healthcare Workers
Vancouver Community College

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person
Dr Elaine Aron

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
BC Provincial Health Services Authority

Trauma-Informed Support Skills
Canadian Mental Health Association

Understanding Emergency Worker Trauma
First Responder Health

Understanding Firefighter Culture and Trauma
First Responder Health

Focus areas

Rates and coverage

  • 50-minute session $140
  • 80-minute session $210
  • Sliding scale Waitlist
  • CVAP clients Covered

    Pre-approval required. Contact for more information.

  • FNHA clients Covered

    Contact to begin pre-approval process.

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