David Van der VierenLPC

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In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

My personal experiences have influenced my therapy in that I do not have any preconceived notion‘s or ideas about how any one individual might find healing.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I was inspired when I was a young adult and I received help from a very good therapist. Although I did not choose this for my vocation immediately those seeds that were planted stuck with me and when I had the opportunity later in life, I entered the field.

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

The therapeutic alliance between the client and therapist.

In what ways do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?

Unconditional positive regard for others.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

My clients know that they are making progress when they begin to intuitively solve problems and overcome challenges that used to baffle them.

What impact did the scope and/or focus of your education have on your current work as a therapist?

My education impacted me in that I was able to solidify my therapeutic approach.

How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?

Collaborating with other providers is a key component to the therapeutic process. That collaboration can bring further insight into the clients therapeutic picture.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

My personality is eclectic and so is my approach to therapy. I do not like to be contained in boxes, neither is my therapeutic approach..

What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

That our culture is beginning to reduce the stigma around seeking help in the area of mental health.

What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

The most exciting thing that I found as a mental health professional is that each person has the capacity for change no matter what stage of life they are in, or age they might be.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

One of the reoccurring themes that I find in my practice is, rigid patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. This inside has helped me discover the power of asking a question or challenging a theme.

What does a first session with you look like?

Depending on the individual client, the first session is usually about discovery for both me and them.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

I wish that people knew that they would be unconditionally excepted no matter what their circumstances are.

Were there lessons in your professional or academic career that left an impression on you, and how has that informed your work today?

The person centered work of Carl Rogers left a deep impression on me. Acceptance of yourself and others is a great foundation to start from in the therapeutic process.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My approach is first and foremost person centered and then psycho dynamic and solution focused.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I collaborate with my clients when it comes to determining therapy goals. I have found that a certain period of discovery needs to happen before those goals can be solidified.

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

I believe that two of the greatest barriers to seeking mental health are stigma and resources

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Addiction

Codependency

Marriage issues

General Expertise

Loss/Grief

ADHD

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Attachment issues

Bipolar disorder

Compulsive behavior

Divorce & separation

Drug addiction & abuse

Fees

$100

First Session

$150

Family Therapy

$150

Couples Therapy

$120

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy

Bibliotherapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Licensure

TX, LPC, 75615

Education

Masters degree in professional counseling

Bachelors degree in psychology/Christian ministries

Bachelors degree in practical theology

Work History

I spent 35 years working in the marketplace before returning to school in 2008 and ultimately entering the counseling field. My expertise was partially born out of my personal struggles through my young adult years as well as my life experience.

Location

4221 Medical Pkwy, suite 400, Carrollton, 75010, TX