About David

About your therapy:

Let’s keep this short: we don’t know each other. I don’t have some one-size-fits-all plan that fits nobody. I don’t want to repair you like a broken-down car. Of the thousands of people I’ve met in therapy, every one of them was a unique individual with a right to be met and heard. I am not an expert on your life; that’s your job, and I will never tell you how to run it.

What, then? Well, if there are things you want to change about yourself, I’m ready to help. We might start with a two way conversation about who you are, what’s getting in your way right now and what you’ll do about it. I’m interested in helping you to see options and to make your own choice.

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 healthy, functioning people who want to function better. Right now, my special interests are (1) men in committed relationships who want to keep it that way, and (2) people who want to control their own anger.

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. 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 was a manager in business and government for 21 years before meeting Monica and making the move to Los Angeles. Among other adventures here, he became a 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 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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