David Spann

(LISW, LCSW, LICDC)

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.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 29

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C008137 (Expires: 2022-06-30)

LISW #I.1700680 (Expires: 2021-10-01)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Jun 26, 2020 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mr David have been incredible to work with . I have had a handfull of counselors throughout the lase decade of my life but none have been as helpful , nor made as much progress in my life as he had . He is kind , caring , understanding , helpful and very patient . He listen without judgement and provide guidance in a very efficient way . He's the first that made it feels as if he truly listens , care and have faith in me to overcome my challenges. I would highly recommend him to any who needs his services.

Written by J.A. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with David for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd

David is great. Always positive, challenges you and encourages you to challenge yourself. I learned a lot from him.

Written by C.H. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with David for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

I worked with David for a short period of time, but during that time he really helped me to see myself in a more positive light. So if negative thinking is a big thing for you - whether you consciously realize it or not - I think David could help you.

Written by K.A. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with David for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

David is the best counselor I've had the pleasure to work with. He's kind, he listens and gets deeply involved with helping you through this process. He asks thoughtful questions and really cares about hearing the answer. I'd highly recommend him to anyone struggling and needing support.

Written by S.A. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with David for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

David is a warm, thoughtful therapist who was able to help me pinpoint the causes of my pain, and helped me to see the factors that stood in the way of me being the best version of myself. Thank you David.

Written by S.E. on Apr 28, 2020 after counseling with David for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

David is an extremely valuable mentor and counsellor. I cannot recommend his experience enough!

Written by F.I. on Apr 26, 2020 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

David has helped me understand the lost parts of my wonderful self in a profound manner. His compassionate and straight forward approach has been very helpful to me at a delicate time in life. He helped me untangle my confusions and navigate through a difficult time while remaining true to myself. David has been generous with his time and effort and his worksheets and supporting material were an eye opener for me. David not only helped me identify the areas I needed to work on but also gave me the tools to do so. The video sessions with him always felt like a breath of fresh air and his all round availability on texts made me feel like I had a true friend. I would recommend David to anyone who is in tough times because he is deeply caring and extremely effective at what he does. Thoroughly grateful for all his kind help!

Written by S.T. on Apr 16, 2020 after counseling with David for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

David is an upstanding counselor. He has always been prompt with good questions and responses to my posts. I came to him for help with some pretty severe anxiety and depression, and he gave me a toolbox of thoughts and procedures to help me handle and heal the causes of my issues. His role shifted a bit to that of a life and professional coach, helping me work through and excel with communication skills with my family and coworkers. Thank you David!

Written by E.M. on Mar 30, 2020 after counseling with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

David is extremely helpful and supportive. He challenges me and encourages open communication. He coaches me through the process of change and makes sure I have a clear understanding of why we focus on what we do. I totally recommend him!

Written by M.A. on Mar 26, 2020 after counseling with David for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Professional, knowledgeable , very dedicated, is able to find the time even when his schedule is packed, tactful and understanding.

Written by Y.V. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with David for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

David is a wonderful and inspiring man. I had fun with him because he has good sense of humor which kept the sessions and treatment light and productive. He helped me on my way to be the best version of myself!

Written by E.M. on Mar 03, 2020 after counseling with David for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

David is an excellent therapist. He is kind and compassionate and also straightforward and honest. I feel challenged to do my own work and actively participate in making change vs. just using it as a vent session. I feel very confident in him as a provider and am grateful for his help!

Written by D.A. on Feb 21, 2020 after counseling with David for 4 months

Just happy that the universe matched me with the best counselor ever!

Written by B.R. on Feb 11, 2020 after counseling with David for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

David is someone who understands me and has the unique ability to not let me weasel out of my problems in a kind and caring manner. So glad I have him as a guiding influence on my journey now!

Written by B.E. on Jan 30, 2020 after counseling with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

David has a warm heart and genuinely wants to see change in his client's lives. I have had 3 sessions so far with David and he has challenged me to be the best version of myself and provided many tools to help with communicating and empowering my wife. I highly recommend David, he will be a blessing to anyone that seeks his help.

Written by V.I. on Jan 09, 2020 after counseling with David for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

David has provided me with an experience that is above and beyond what I had expected. He has provided a safe place for me to work through my thoughts and feelings while giving me thought provoking steps to remove obstacles created in my mind.
I love that David provides worksheets based on the concerns we discussed. It gave me the chance to put the work in between our video sessions !

I highly recommend this platform and David to anyone who feels they need some guidance!

Written by P.A. on Jan 02, 2020 after counseling with David for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and family conflicts

David has been a key part of my work on substance abuse recovery, and on working on myself. He’s a great guy and has a very kind heart, but at the same time he doesn’t accept BS. Theres been more then a few times where he either called me out on dishonesty and BS, but in a kindhearted way to get me to see my own truth. Quite simply, if you’re looking for a counselor to BS and give the spin around, don’t waste his time or yours. If you’re looking to really work on yourself and find your own truth, I could not recommend a better person. Keep up the good work David!

Written by P.H. on Dec 10, 2019 after counseling with David for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

David is an amazing guide to work with, full of energy and constructive feedback. He helped me so much in identifying stuck points and to literally get back to becoming the best version of myself - thanks David!

Written by A.L. on Nov 15, 2019 after counseling with David for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

David is great! He's been extremely supportive and of great help in my personal and professional development, always helping me set new goals and understand the way I feel about myself.

Written by L.U. on Oct 17, 2019 after counseling with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

I cant speak highly enough about David. I came to BetterHelp about 3 months ago with severe PTSD that was ruining my life and my relationships. In a short time I began to learn better and healthier coping mechanisms, tools to stop and change thought patterns and find a new sense of peace and confidence. What a difference. I would recommend David to anyone that may be seeking help from trauma and anxiety, he is very good.

Written by C.A. on Oct 16, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

David is very receptive, listens carefully, and makes you reflect.

Written by W.I. on Oct 06, 2019 after counseling with David for 1 month on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

David is a skilled counselor and a wonderful guide. I enjoyed the process of working with him and would not hesitate to do so again if the need were to arise.

Written by L.E. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

David was very patient listening to my concerns and asking insightful questions. The approach and tools that were provided to me helped as an anchor to guide me further. Some of my thought processes were validated through the dialogue. It was a pleasant experience working with David.

Written by D.A. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

David is A+! I've seen many therapists over the years, but David has truly been special. He's kind, authentic, genuine, caring and funny, while at the same time being direct and firm in helping me to challenge myself and hold me accountable. From our first conversation, it was clear that he truly understood the circumstances that brought me to BetterHelp, and while I still struggle from time to time, I'm coping much, much better! Thank you, David!

Written by S.I. on Aug 04, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

David supported me in becoming aware of my strengths and being the best version of myself. He helped me in a period of my life in which I was literally stuck and my negative beliefs were holding me back from being myself and shine.

Written by B.R. on Jul 11, 2019 after counseling with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

David is extremely attentive and a wonderful support. I would highly recommend him as a counselor.

Written by T.J. on May 30, 2019 after counseling with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching

David, I would like to thank you for being a good listener and being caring in the advice you've given. Talking and interacting with you brought me back to a few core realizations. Keep well David, and again .. thank you - keep doing what you're doing!

Written by E.M. on May 02, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

David has been great to work with so far. He is friendly and very easy to talk to - he has a comforting feeling to him that is really lovely! He's been good with helping me dig around to find some clarity in what my problems actually are and how to address them.