About David

About your therapy:

Let’s keep this short:
We don’t know each other, and I’m not an expert on what makes you tick. I don’t work with some one-size-fits-all plan that fits nobody. Of the thousands of people I’ve met in therapy, every one was a unique individual with a right to be heard and understood. I’ll meet you with interest and respect.

I’ll never tell you what to do with your life. I might suggest things, but you’ll be in the driving seat. My aim is to ride shotgun as you plan your journey. Maybe we’ll start with a two way chat about who you are, who you want to be, what’s getting in your way right now. Or maybe we’ll do something else, because a real conversation only takes shape while it’s happening.

How do I work? That’s no secret. If you have time for the technical stuff, it’s over here (link opens in a new tab).

About you:

I like to support functioning people who want to function better. Some special interests are (1) people who want to control their anger – I lost count of these people when the number passed a thousand – (2) men in committed relationships who want to keep it that way – this started as a spinoff from the same thing – and (3) the challenges of creative people, particularly “blocking.”

If you think you might want to work with me, you already started the journey by opening this page. The next step is to make contact. There will be no hard sell and no obligation. The fastest way to connect with me is right here.

About David:

David Jung McGarva PhD LMFT LPCCDr. David McGarva grew up in Scotland, where he worked in business and government for twenty years before meeting Monica and making the move to Los Angeles. Among other adventures here, he became an LAPD 9-1-1 operator for four years while studying and training in psychology, therapy and counseling.

David is licensed as a clinical counselor and a marriage and family therapist, is certified in creativity studies by Saybrook University (after a series of research projects including interviewing eleven established Hollywood writers and working with more than 100 other writers), and has contributed to three psychology textbooks. He serves the State of California as a Subject Matter Expert in both clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy. And closer to home, he is a full member of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, and has served as a Board member of our local chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Full interview with David

David Jung McGarva, Ph.D., LMFT,  LPCC
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