Counseling

You’re the parent of a teen who’s depressed, impacted by trauma, or using substances. Or, perhaps you’re a teen or young adult seeking services for yourself because you’re stuck and you know something needs change.

My name’s David Flack. For twenty years, I’ve met with teens and emerging adults regarding a variety of mental health, substance use, and behavioral concerns.

These days, I meet primarily with:

Teen Guys
Addressing depression, trauma, substance related problems, and suicidal thoughts

LGBTQ+ Youth & Young Adults
Exploring topics such as sexual orientation, coming out, and gender identity

MY APPROACH
Change is a journey. My goal is to help you, your teen, or your family on that journey. We’ll do this by making choices about what to change, identifying behaviors to leave behind, and developing the insight and skills needed to move forward.

Numerous studies show that a strong therapeutic alliance — which we can define as the connection between therapist and client — is essential for positive counseling outcomes. This is especially true with teens and young adults. With this in mind, I’m very relationship-oriented. Initial sessions focus on developing a strong alliance and most of the clinical work I do is one-on-one.

Beyond this relationship-oriented foundation, I’m pretty pragmatic. That means I utilize a somewhat eclectic mix of strategies with the goal of helping you or your teen get unstuck. These include motivational interviewing, mindfulness, existential approaches, and narrative therapy.

In addition, I have significant training and experience providing dialectical behavior therapy (often referred to as DBT). I most commonly use DBT-informed approaches when meeting with individuals who are suicidal, highly anxious, or extremely stuck.