Welcome to David Friedler, LMHC, MPH


Theory and Philosophy

My philosophical background and orientation are in Humanistic and Buddhist Psychology.  I have found that Mindfulness Based and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies are often very effective, as well as varieties of meditation  or hypnotherapy. Depending on individual needs I may use approaches from personal adjustment and career counseling or psychodynamic approaches.  I have also found  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy effective in many instances.

My Therapeutic Approach

As a counselor and psychotherapist, I am continually committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my clients. My approach is to help people address interpersonal, relational and career challenges which may be undermining their personal growth or sense of well being. Goals of counseling may vary, but generally include personal growth in the areas of self compassion, creativity and interdependence. 

My Client Communities

My clinical work includes individuals and couples from the full array of ages, backgrounds, sexualities and genders. I am particularly sensitive to the lives of young adults and individuals in the gay communities. 

Referrals are welcome fro individuals, case managers and other helping professionals in the community. You can learn more about me in Psychology Today.

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Counseling and Psychotherapy


Mindfulness Based Therapies

 are designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and anxiety. They combine the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness and acceptance. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize anxiety and mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.

The practice of meditation is central to the development of mindfulness. Meditation may take the form of sitting, walking, or yoga. Meditation re-ortients one's thinking to the present and fosters the ability to respond to stress with calm, rather than react out of fear. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

is based on the idea that there is a direct relationship between our thoughts and feelings and behaviors, and that we can learn to regulate our feelings and behaviors by mindfully observing of those thoughts and feelings.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. The term "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)" is a general term for a classification of therapies with similarities.  There are several approaches to CBT, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy, as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

or ACT, is a counseling approach that focuses on clarifying the value of personal goals and committing to concrete steps to attain those goals. Acceptance of obstacles to personal goal attainment, such as procrastination, inattention, and fear of failure is essential to this approach, as it is for both mindfulness based therapies and CBT. 

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