Hello all!!! I am a person-centered counselor who is licensed in NC, VA, and NJ. I have 10 years of counseling experience and I am also a Board Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I am a Counselor Educator and have been teaching graduate and doctoral students for seven years. My clinical orientation is integrative and includes cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and rational/emotive approaches. My clinical experience includes working with adults dealing with addictions, HIV/AIDS, racial identity development, racial trauma, gender identity development, gender expression, issues around affectional orientation, depression/anxiety, stress management, self-esteem, and members of the LGBTQ+ and Same Gender Loving communities. I also work with career/occupational concerns.
I believe in creating a brave space for my clients where they have the courage to bring their authentic selves without being silenced, marginalized, or judged. Authenticity and open communication are key to building a strong therapeutic relationship and both are a two-way street. We can challenge other, grow with each other, and work together as we travel your pathway to wellness.
Additional areas of focus: Self esteem, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Life Purpose, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexuality, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing
NJ LPC 37PC00659900
NC LCMHC 9034
VA LPC 0701006314
Dr. Ford has been absolutely fantastic in helping me form and discover the tools I need in working through issues. I've appreciated his encouragement and support with every session. Dr. Ford has been like the "Wizard Of Oz" in many ways helping me uncover the strength within me that was always there but I just wouldn't have believed it until now. An absolute professional in every way he's just as relatable and down to earth as an old friend that knew me for years. I'm happy to have found my way to better help and Dr. Ford is a paragon of exactly that, Better Help!
Written on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I’ve had a couple of therapists in the past, but this is the first time I truly feel seen and understood, especially as a person of color. Dr. Ford conducts his sessions are a real friend instead of “patient vs doctor” if that makes sense. I feel like I’m slowly regaining my confidence and believe he was the best investment for my mental health.
Written on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Dr Ford is very understanding and he’s so accommodating he’s amazing !
Written on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd