David Yeats has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1986, and has had an ongoing Psychotherapy Practice since that time. Most of his work is with individuals and couples. David works with all ages (from late teens to seniors), and in a variety of contexts.
David’s clinical approach is broad, drawing from a wide range of clinical theories and approaches. He is guided by a high regard for clients’ thoughts, feelings, values, experiences, history, and intuitions, and is a good listener with a fairly interactive style. He is highly optimistic that clients can create greater clarity, peace, and joy through involvement in the process of psychotherapy.
David pays attention to the issues that people are wanting help with, and at the same time works to identify the wisdom, skills, and resources that clients bring to the process of psychotherapy. He sees that everyone is on a path toward further growing and becoming, and understands that issues and problems that all of us have can be the means to that deeper growth.
PHILOSOPHY OF TREATMENT
David believes that each client should be treated with honor and dignity, and that each client has deep wisdom and intuition about what is best for them in their lives. David works in partnership with clients to improve the quality and well-being of their life experience.
He understands that clients' thinking patterns, communication styles, relationship approaches, as well as clinical diagnoses represent each person’s best adaptation to life so far, and that individuals are seeking to find ways to make shifts in attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to redefine and enrich their lives for the present and the future.
David uses a wide variety of theoretical and clinical approaches. He has a great appreciation for human development and human developmental models, including an understanding of attachment issues, connection and autonomy themes, impacts of trauma on one’s development, and an appreciation of the incredible capacity of humans to grow beyond where they once were. Whether working in individual, couple or group formats, David sees clients as strongly motivated toward their own further growth and well-being, and is a strong advocate in this process.
A good percentage of David’s Practice is clients who are seeking individual psychotherapy. Some come because of historical issues, such as difficult relationships, trauma, or challenging childhood experiences. Others come to work on present issues, relationships, conflicts, or circumstances. Therapy tends to address both past and present, as well as internal and external aspects of one’s life. See the "Practice Areas" portion of this website for a list of typical issues that David works with.
Sessions are usually fifty minutes in length, frequently with some flex, up to sixty minutes. The stated charges are for this length of time. Longer sessions of ninety minutes or two hours are possible, should there be a need.
Couples Therapy can be a very helpful and rewarding for folks who want to improve their relationship and create greater quality of life. Often, communicating more clearly, finding ways to create win-win agreements, creating a clearer sense of the uniqueness of each partner, or simply sitting down with each other in a safe and honoring setting can renew a sense of pleasure and excitement for a couple. Talking through old hurts and new wounds can allow folks to reconnect at a closer and deeper level.
David has worked with many couples over the years, and has seen many people move to more conscious, more connected, and more satisfying relationships as a result of Couples Therapy. David has also given workshops on creating positive relationships, and has taught Marriage and Family Therapy classes in both adult education and graduate level formats.
Sessions are generally 50-60 minutes in length, and longer sessions can be arranged as needed.
Groups can be a means of exploring important issues that offers some unique advantages. Input and feedback from others, opportunities to experience others who are also engaged in creating change in their lives, support, and opportunities to practice specific behaviors, skills, and social interactions are a few of the ways group therapy can be beneficial. Group also can be a more economical way of addressing personal issues.
David presently co-leads a weekly mixed gender therapy group with another psychotherapist, Fredlyn Zitter-Smith LCSW. This group has been ongoing for more than twenty years, and David has co-led the group with Freddie since 2003. There are four women and four men in the group, and occasionally there are openings.
If you think such a group may be helpful for you, let David know, as he and Freddie are forming a lunchtime group at this time.
Group meets weekly for an hour and a half, and the cost is $50 weekly.
There may be a need for a session at times when meeting live is not available. Although this is not the ideal way to do therapeutic work, it may be the best possible option at a given time, and certainly can work when client or therapist is out of town or otherwise not available. Phone sessions can be scheduled to address this need, if it can be arranged in advance.
David works with clients who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including:
• relationship issues
• communication issues
• creating win-win agreements
• directing thoughts and emotions
• self esteem, sense of self, and identity issues
• gender issues
• sexuality issues
• life stage and developmental issues;
• spirituality issues
• childhood and adult trauma (including physical, sexual, emotional abuse)
• parenting issues, (including divorce and blended families)
• family violence
• anger and anger management
• addiction issues, and
• parent-teen relationship issues, among others.