David (Dave) Embertson

(LMSW, B.S.)
Therapist David (Dave) Embertson Photo

About Me

I am looking forward to meeting you!
I have had an interesting and fulfilling professional and personal life and career thus far. However, my life wasn't always like this...

I am a recently retired school social worker (26 years) working with school staff, children, and their families. My last five (5) years of clinical private practice have been very rewarding. I have been in various positions including private institutions, treatment centers, state agencies, and collaborating with the courts. I have worked with hundreds of parents, families, and children of all ages, and I particularly enjoy working with children and young people ages 8-21. I strongly believe in the "power of family", and the life-giving power and vital importance of healthy and positive family relationships, parenting, and marriages.

I passionately believe that "the family" and family relationships are the fundamental building block of a healthy and stable community, a healthy Michigan, and healthy culture and country. I also feel called to and enjoy working with men as they face the many leadership challenges within their careers, work life, marriages, families, community, and our culture.

My years of work and experience have included individual counseling, couples counseling, and family counseling. Specifically, I am trained in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adolescent development and existential issues, Family Systems theory, and Trauma Therapy. I also enjoy working with children and families that struggle with problematic behaviors at home or in school, parent-child relationship issues, divorce, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma, among other things. I have worked with people with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD, among other life issues that we all wrestle with. I have also helped many people who have experienced various forms of trauma or abuse.

My counseling style is caring, warm, and quite interactive. I believe everyone has inherent worth, value, and purpose. You are here and alive for a reason! Further, because of those truths, I believe in treating "everyone" with dignity, respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I also believe that you have the capacity to solve your own problems, heal your relationships and families, make good life-empowering decisions, and find HOPE - no matter where you are in life. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral strategies, Family Systems perspectives, implementing and understanding of Developmental perspectives and theory, biblical counseling and values, and unconditional acceptance of my clients as we work together.

I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and concerns. YOU will be in the "driver's seat" in your treatment and you will play an important part in guiding our work together! My work with you will necessarily involve helping you find a greater measure of peace, joy, healing, hope, and purpose in life, as well!

I know that it takes courage and humility to seek a more fulfilling and settled life, find personal healing and hope, and improve relationships. You may be taking the first bold step towards life-long change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and help you!

I look forward to working with you!


Dave Embertson, LMSW


  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMSW #6801071778 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by N.I. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with David (Dave) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and anger management

My conversations with David have been very informative. He is great at listening to the things that are not being said. He also has a way of suggesting ideas without making you feel overwhelmed with putting them into action. I would definitely recommend his services to my friends and family.

Written by D.A. on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with David (Dave) for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Rad dude, through and through!

Written by T.R. on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with David (Dave) for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

David is helping me face the issues that are holding me back

Written by D.O. on Jun 05, 2021 after therapy with David (Dave) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

David is awesome!

Written by I.K. on May 25, 2021 after therapy with David (Dave) for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

This is my first experience of any sort of counseling or therapy and it's a wonderful experience with Dave. Very kind, honest, observant, and easy to connect with.

Written by Y.U. on May 06, 2021 after therapy with David (Dave) for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dave is a very understanding, thoughtful therapist who is not difficult to talk to at all. As a younger person myself, I think that Dave, as someone who has worked with children and teenagers, really was able to understand the feelings I had and the situations that I was in. I was able to tell him what had happened and how I felt without any issues whatsoever, and he gave me some insightful advice as well.