David studied theology in the late 1970’s graduating with a Licentiate in Theology [LTh], using his training as a Uniting Church minister in Church-community related crisis, grief and relationship counselling.
He gained further training in couples therapy with the (then) Marriage Guidance Council of South Australia in 1985 and studied social work between 1990 and 1994, graduating with a Bachelor’s [BSW] degree. He is a mental health accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers [MHSW], and is registered with Medicare Australia as a mental health allied health professional.
He has completed postgraduate studies in:
1.family (law) mediation [Grad Cert in Family Mediation], specialising in family law counselling and mediation.
2.therapeutic mindfulness practices [Grad Dip in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - MiCBT]
As well as relationship and family counselling, he has considerable experience in gambling addiction, adolescent/parent conflict, and anger management. In recent years he has focussed his attention on mindfulness practices.
He has undergone comprehensive training in supervision through Amovita Consulting, and has practice experience of clinical, organisational and personal supervision though his private practice and through the University of Tasmania (School of Social Science).
He has worked as an accredited counsellor, mediator and family therapist within nationally recognised N.G.O. counselling agencies- Relationships Australia, Anglicare, Centacare.
His training and experience in counselling, therapy and mediation spans 30 years, in South Australia and Tasmania.
He has been a pre-marriage and relationship educator, and a marriage celebrant.
His particular training and experience has grown through different training periods of life:
1. Humanist, existential, and client-focused traditions: Virginia Satir family therapy; structural, brief strategic and Milan systemic methods; narrative therapy and solution focused approaches.
2. Conflict resolution and mediation models.
3. C.B.T. for mental health distress and mental illness.
4. Mindfulness (Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) for all conditions.