David has over 40 years experience in working with adolescents, young adults, adults and their family/carers in community and residential treatment settings within public and private mental health services. David provides recovery oriented mental health counselling to improve quality of life, and relationship counselling to strengthen connection and meaning.
Addictions Recovery Counselling (Alcohol and other Drugs, Gambling, Pornography and Device Addiction)
Adult Mental Health Conditions: Assessment and Treatment
Adult Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Physical, Sexual, Emotional and Social Abuse
Anxiety Disorders (Including Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Performance and Academic Anxiety)
Mood Disorders (including Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia and Bi-Polar Affective Disorder)
Eating Disorders (Including Restriction, Bingeing, and Purging Patterns)
Family-of-origin Review (including Understanding your Family Story over Generations, Boundary setting, Promoting Self Differentiation, Individuation and Developing Independence Skills)
Grief Support, Bereavement Counselling and Therapy for Traumatic Bereavement
Self-harm Behaviour and Suicidal Ideation; Self-Safety and Formulating Safety Plans with Carers
Trauma Care and Counselling (including Assessment and Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Stress Mapping and Stress Management Strategies (including support for students in secondary and tertiary education, employees and managers dealing with workplace stress)
Lifestyle and Motivational Counselling for Life Balance and improved Physical and Mental Health
Stress Management, Psychological Support and Pain Counselling for Chronic Illnesses and/or End of Life Illness
When Calm is at the centre of our being, Clarity enters, bringing Courage to reshape our personal futures.
My professional experience lies in working with adolescents, young adults and adults living with a variety of complex Mental Health Conditions together with their Parents/Partners and Carers to improve their resilience, functioning and quality of life. Working with Parents, Partners, Families and Carers has been towards reducing unhelpful conflict and improving co-operation and consensus to maintain a practical Recovery Plan which evolves over time.
Sensitivity to Grief and Loss, historical and current Trauma is translated through warmth and care in order to face difficult life experiences together to understand and manage the extreme emotional, mental and physical consequences of those events as well as work towards more helpful ways of living and growing in maturity.
Relationship Counselling focuses upon the relationship story of the Individual, Couple or Family over time to provide a perspective on outlining the next stage of challenging growth ahead and co-developing the skills required to share that transition together.
Membership of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with AASW
Member of Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Member of Australian Society for Trauma and Stress Studies
Valuing the Presence of Christ in every meaningful conversation.
I am Medicare accredited with clients who have a Mental Health Care Plan obtained from their GP or referral from their Treating Psychiatrist. Specialising in the multidisciplinary Treatment of Eating Disorders, I may be included on a GP Eating Disorder Plan or an EDTP from a Psychiatrist.