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David Spann, LCSW, LISW

Addictions Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Grief Coaching
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About me

Welcome to the process! Mr. Spann has a unique blend of education and experience providing opportunities for those he serves to experience emotional and spiritual growth and change, and freedom from obstacles to growth due to trauma, mental health, anxiety, persistent mental illness or chemical dependency disorders. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Psychology and his Master's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. His clinical experience in outpatient, residential and hospital setting, including Naval Hospital with Active Duty Marines, helps clients understand the relationship between the stressors on the family system due to trauma, mental illness and addiction and the impact on quality of life. Mr. Spann also has significant experience in management, marketing, leadership development, personal coaching, and an understanding of relational dynamics in corporate and agency settings.

Specialties: Process for developing greater relationship intimacy, Maximizing individual and relational potential, Clinical experience with clients and families who struggle with the effects of trauma, addiction, and mental illness. (Dual Diagnosis Co-Occurring Disorders).

Interventions include Trauma Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy , Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness. A strength based solution focused holistic philosophy is a basis for the therapeutic process.
* Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT
* Mindfulness
* DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy
* Motivation Interviewing
* Family Systems Therapy
* In addition, for the last 24 years, personal experience includes crisis intervention training CIT) for law enforcement, State trainer for teachers in NAMI Family to Family Program, leadership training, program development, small group leadership and seminar presentations on Grieving the Losses of Life, Relational Enrichment, Communication, Anger Management, Boundaries, Spiritual Awakening, public speaking and advocacy.
* Session availability Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 17:30 EST

Professional experience

29yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

NC LCSW C008137

OH LISW I.1700680


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for David Spann. 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.

Dave has been a great therapist. Our sessions are an excellent time to reflect and focus on my mental well being.

Written on May 27, 2023 after therapy with David for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

David has been absolutely amazing in helping me through my childhood trauma that has manifested in present day anxiety. David has a very pragmatic approach to therapy which worked well with me, he provided me with practical tools to help through my difficult times. I would highly recommend David, one of the best therapists I have worked with. Thanks David!

Written on Mar 19, 2023 after therapy with David for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

David is a very caring person. He is very experienced in spiritual growth. He always know what is best for you and tell you how to achieve it. Love David

Written on Feb 23, 2023 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

David Spann has truly changed my life. I started seeing him about 1 year and 4 months after my first child was born. I was in the midst of the biggest transformation of my life (motherhood) and I was suffering. Our initial meetings we focused on assessment of my symptoms but never did I have to relive them with him. For example, telling the stories in detail. It was up to me whether or not I wanted to share anything. At first, I thought I had to go through the pain of explaining what has happened to me in order to heal. I was very wrong and now I can see where doing so may have been more damaging to my psyche. David's process was not to relive but it was much more gentle and through his approach I can now say I do not suffer from those things, they are in my past and a lesson for me now to revisit and have gratitude for. With time, listening and trusting his own process David gave me the ability to heal without forcing anything, it all unfolded very naturally.

I recieved homework which I sometimes did and sometimes did not. But David's non judgment made our therapy sessions safe and not another chore for me. When I became ready I did the homework diligiantly every morning (something we worked on was carving out space and time for me to be alone to do this, which at the time was so necessary being a stay at home mom) and slow and steady I began to become “unstuck” as David says. It was the exact approach I needed after trying therapy in the past and not being able to stick with it. After getting unstuck from my Postpartum Depression and other PTSD I was suffering from I was able to create a mindset with David that has now guided me to see the best version of myself without all the debris in the way. This happened when I had a clearer mind though, not when I was in the midst of the hardest thing I had ever gone through. That is where I believe David shines the most, he is extremely intuitive and can listen so well that our conversations were never too much for me. The sessions were exactly what they should be as I believe. Now I work with David on anything at all and it is a journey that I am happy to be on with him. There are many things I could say about David but here are a few: he is kind and compassionate, he is intuitive and strives to be his best self, he is utterly human and relatable, he has a lot of integrity and I feel he is very honest about his process. If you are considering this journey with David, here is your sign. He sees you as your highest self and being seen for that has been why I have had true success in my therapy.

Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with David for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Great experience.

Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

David has been insightful and informative to my needs making suggestions without pressure.

Written on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue