David Nilsen, LCSW
Requesting help is a huge first step. Here is a little bit about me.
I served my country in the Army for 20 years, and was able to see much of the world during my service. During my tour of duty, I was able to stop smoking 3 packs of cigarettes, while simultaneously kicking my habit of drinking 12 cans of beer daily. 26 years later, I live a sober and cigarette free life. I currently live 30 miles away from the Crazy Horse Monument.
I received a bachelor’s degree in 2005, physical education and health. I subsequently worked as an addictions counselor for 5 years. Wanting more from life, I returned to school and received my master’s degree in Social Work in 2014. Currently, I work at the VA helping with veterans with PTSD, addictions, anxiety, depression.
I have been trained in several evidence-based approaches: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational interviewing (MI). We will develop a treatment plan together in a learning style that best suits you.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Anger management, Coaching, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Guilt and Shame, Military and Veterans Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
SD LCSW 6232
IL LCSW 149023208
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for David Nilsen. 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.
He’s kind and patient.
Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem
David ability to put word on some of my "behaviors" or "habit" make it so much more easier to understand what I'm experiencing and try to work on it or be more "aware" of what's happening. I really enjoy the conversation we have and how he manage to destabilized me when I'm maybe not expecting it but still needing it.
Written on Apr 02, 2023 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning depression, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue
During my short time with David I am gaining confidence to help me set boundaries and follow through with them. He listens with respect and empathy. He also provides me ways to empower myself. I look forward to my sessions and look forward to continuing to work with him in therapy.
Written on Feb 24, 2023 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
Cancelled and never rescheduled. Says he had to have surgery but why was available to make appointments?
Written on Dec 29, 2022 after therapy with David for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching
David is awesome!
Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
First chat with David, i wish id chose him sooner.
Written on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd