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David Kolker, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

Hello, my name is David Kolker and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The firs question I ask every client is "tell me who you are." This question is the basis of all the time we will spend together. It is the main question that will determine the progress of your therapy. A primary piece of this approach is self-disclosure by myself. How can I expect you to be open and honest if I am not willing to do the same? Many therapists don't believe in this theory; however, I have found it to be extremely effective. The concept is that I have the same issues as you do; however, my pain tolerance is extremely less than yours. What does this mean? I don't wait till the pain gets unbearable to take action.

I have owned large primary mental health facilities for the past 14 years and worked with a diverse population of males, females, couples and families. Issues such as lack of childhood modeling, insecure attachment, sexual assault and abuse, codependency and shame. It is my opinion that shame and codependency are the primary issues with the vast majority of issues we face.

I will stop at this point and invite you to contact me and discuss the issues you are dealing with. Remember, I am no different than you.

Professional experience

15yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

UT LCSW 13921014-3501

IN LCSW 34007973A




These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for David Kolker. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

David is a genuine person that is direct and to the point. He still knows when to be gentle through the process. David has your best interest at heart whether you want to hear it or not! He gives homework and makes you hold yourself accountable as that is the only way this process will be beneficial.

Written on Apr 30, 2024 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Great therapist, very attentive and gives great advice

Written on Sep 05, 2023 after therapy with David for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

He's an excellent therapist that has helped me a lot

Written on Aug 16, 2023 after therapy with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve been working with David for a couple months now and have benefited from our work together. He had made himself available during times of need and is constantly checking in. I enjoy his sense of humor, directness, and feedback. He is very knowledgeable and offers a wide variety of supports including, books, worksheets, and techniques that are grounded in research.

Written on Aug 16, 2023 after therapy with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

David has helped me through a difficult time in my life. He gives me great encouragement and the resources (books, worksheets, homework, YouTube/videos to watch) needed for me to have a clearer perspective of my current situation and how I can improve myself. I would definitely recommend David.

Written on Jul 12, 2023 after therapy with David for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues