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
* 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 7:30 am to 17:30 EST
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
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 Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #C008137 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
LISW #I.1700680 (Expires: 2023-10-31)
This is my second time working with David Spann. I chose working with him again based on my first experience. I knew that I would get a mental health professional that would actually make a difference. This time around he out performed my expectations once more. It was like reuniting with a caring friend.
While working with him, I feel he takes a personal interest in me and has a genuine concern for my happiness. I could always count on him and his follow-up is so reassuring.
David is a true professional who is intelligent, insightful, compassionate and encouraging. He gave me the tools that will stick with me and really make a difference in my life.
I highly recommend David Spann.
It has been a pleasure to work with David. He helped me to get back on my feet after an abusive relationship, to know and understand my self-defeating beliefs and to be the best version of myself. He makes you feel like he deeply cares about his clients and he listened to me with empathy and made me feel safe to share anything with him.
As someone that values learning about myself, and being the best version of myself that I can become, my experience working with Mr. Spann has been a very enlightening. I love the fact that he is direct, knowledgeable, and very helpful in looking at things from a spiritual perspective. He has been very flexible and responsive with regards to my style of communication. I have found him to meet both my needs for knowledge as well as for emotional support. He validates my experience while at the same time pointing out my blindspots. He is very intelligent and yet has a very human quality about him. Having been in the mental health field myself for about 28 years, I can immediately tell if someone is knowledgeable in the field. I would recommend Mr. Spann highly and would give them a 10 on a scale from 1 to 10. He has helped me greatly and has challenged me to forge ahead and grow even during a very difficult time. I am very happy that I was matched with such a high-quality counselor and individual. The experience has surpassed my expectations.
I had a great experience working with David. He asked the right questions. He gave me homework that helped me along. He pushed just enough, but not too hard, that I made progress quickly. He is a good character and it was very pleasant working with him. I highly recommend David!
I would highly recommend David to any person seeking assistance with self-understanding as well as relationships and the interactions and motivations involved. He is excellent at bringing focus to one’s own beliefs, motivations and actions as a way to the path of healing. I’m very thankful that I have been blessed to work with David.
David has been always helpful in helping me cope during the most difficult time in my life which is the relationship with my ex partner, Nasos.
David has been incredible. He truly takes the time to hear me out and help identify the bigger issues at hand. In addition, he's able to provide sound advice in terms of developing a solid plan that helps me feel confident about my future. This is my third time trying therapy and this is the most comfortable I've ever felt. Thanks David!
My whole life I felt like there wasn’t any hope I’m getting any better and David puts Hope into my life. I believe in him and I trust him and I know great things are gonna happen for me.
I can’t speak more highly of David. I’ve had therapy in the past and it didn’t make much difference. I decided to try again so I joined BetterHelp. The first two therapists weren’t a good match, but my gosh I got lucky time round. I have never spoken to anyone like David before, I feel so calm after our sessions and he gives me clarity on my problems. He listens, he hears, he asks questions, he’s open to sharing relatable information about his journey, he sends lots of useful text to read through and he has already taught me, in the past month, more about myself and how to communicate than in the last ten years.
He’s teaching me patience, curiosity, to understand the best version of myself and what gets in the way of that person showing up. He remembers the conversations from our previous sessions and seems like he genuinely cares.
I believe everyone comes into your life for a purpose, and at the right time, and David has been the biggest blessing to come into my life this year. I really can’t thank him enough and look forward to our sessions every week!
I've been in therapy before, and thought I had the tools I needed to deal with my occasional trouble with depression and anxiety. But when I got to a point when I was struggling and needed more help, David Spann provided me what I needed to fill some of the gaps in my understanding and make the connections between what I already knew about how to be my best self, and the pieces I was missing. The crucial element in my case was learning how to look at myself with curiosity instead of judgment. This self-judgment was contributing to my feelings of being "stuck," but by accepting myself and allowing myself to feel the way I feel without recriminations, I can find the strength to move forward.
There are no words that can do justice to how incredible David is. I have been through years of therapy and countless therapists. In one month, David has helped me more than years and years of therapy with other therapists. He is truly gifted and is amazing at what he does. I am sincerely grateful to have David as my therapist and encourage anyone who needs a helping hand to reach out to him.
David has been counseling me for over a year. His expertise has been a priveledge to learn from. Thank you!
From what felt like rock bottom, Dave helped me to notice self defeating beliefs about myself and taught me how to replace them with positive ones. He helped me get unstuck and find balance in my life!
This man has been such a blessing in my life. I could not have asked for a better person to help me figure my life out. He communicated with me regularly and allowed me to work on myself in a safe, non-judgemental space. We put many tools in my tool belt that I can use going forward when my self-defeating beliefs and behaviors start to interfere with my goals. He helped me start to see the world in a more positive and non-judgemental way, and he was honest with me throughout the entire process. I could not have asked for a better counselor to help me learn to actually believe in myself and practice being the best version of myself (cause she's awesome).
David Spann is an excellent therapist with extensive experience in various aspects of psychology, counselling and motivational coaching.
Working with David has been an excellent springboard from a dark place into a new paradigm where I feel empowered and capable of taking ownership and agency of my own wellbeing.
David Spann is a genuine human being. He has found his calling, and that's to help others. He puts that first, and you feel it. I was in a deep rut. I was stuck and didn't know how to get out. If it weren't for David, I may still be in bed wondering why I need to wake up in the morning. Or worse. He can break down patterns of thought, non-judgementally, and with the utmost professionalism. I have no need for his services anymore because I'm confident in arranging my thoughts for the betterment of me. I wouldn't have been able to without his help. Thank you David.
I am so happy that I found David, he can get to the part of me that most people couldn’t get.
After two sessions with David, I can see breakthroughs in me and I truly have hope in the areas of my struggle.
He is very knowledgeable, carrying, compassionate, loving, trustworthy, and truthful.
Davis Spann is so encouraging and positive and helpful. It shows he truly cares about his clients
David is very supportive and easy to talk to. I appreciate his insights and advice I can apply to my life.
David Spann's approach of helping people find the true version of themselves is a helpful one. He makes you dig deep into the parts of yourself that are holding you back. This inevitably causes some internal resistance but is necessary for growth. At times he will have you pause so that he can address parts of what you are saying. This is is helpful in order to pick apart the roots of your concerns although it can feel frustrating when being interrupted in the middle of what you would like to talk about. David is not going to sugar cote anything which can feel abrasive and judgmental at times but can also help you to address things you might be avoiding. David is selective on what he chooses to respond to I assume this is to lead the conversation in a constructive direction. David Spann has been a helpful part of my journey toward my true and empowered self.
I am a very different person today, thanks in large part to the help and guidance David has offered me. I used to stigmatize therapy, and never believed it would help me. But now, I understand that self care is critical for a happy life. Especially during a pandemic, this platform and my counsellor did an excellent job at helping me navigate a complex life and reorient myself to be the best version of me. Therapy is hard. But its worth it to still live. Overall, i've started appreciating being alive again, and looking forward to the good things.
I had been in therapy previously and, although the contexts are completely different, it is great to experience therapy sessions that do not feel "clinical" for a change. I joined BetterHelp to get some much-needed support through my grieving process, but after the first couple of sessions with David I decided to do this long term to explore other avenues beyond my current concern. His approach to therapy feels tailored to the needs I voice as well as to latent ones he picks up on. He is extremely supportive and somehow always perfectly calibrates the balance between empathetic active listening and calls to action to every issue we explore. I am deeply grateful for having been assigned to David!
I have been working with David Spann for over a year now, and the journey of emotional transformation we have been on has truly been life changing. He was the first Counselor appointed to me by BetterHelp, and there was never a thought to switching to anyone else. His consistent no-nonsense direct approach, combined with his compassion and human understanding have let to a paradigm shift in my mental, spiritual and emotional health.
He is courteous, engaging, sardonic, and above all respectful. He combines humor and levity into the exercises and work we undertake, and always checks in a few days later to ask if its being digested and understood in practice. He is engaging in dialogue, and thought provoking, and offers a spiritual/faith-based approach if one wishes. David is quick to respond to messages, and digests the information sent to him as updates in the counseling log, so that every session begins on point ready to tackle the work of the week.
I cannot recommend him highly enough.
I have been working with David for about 8 months now. I reached out to combat issues and stresses I was facing. He has allowed me to speak openly and comfortably about myself. He has helped me navigate a very difficult period in my life. I appreciate that he actually holds me accountable to taking action and is upfront and honest with me. At the same time he has given me tools to better myself, my relationships and my outlook on my life. Working with him has helped me rebuild my confidence, and allows me to focus on all the great things in my life now.
David is amazing, he’s a NO BS guy and will tel you how it is.
David has been amazing to talk to. The exercises I've participated in has helped me realized what sort of characteristics I want and how to get there.
David Spann is really great at helping me get to the root of my issues. We are and will be continuing to do some deep, inner work. I look forward to continue working with David!
I am so grateful to have worked with David Spann. His expertise has been exceedingly helpful for me. I have learned a lot about myself and feel very supported!
David has truly helped me enter the next chapter of my life armed with new skills to hone with the goal of becoming the best version of myself. He displayed the ability to seek and understand my particular situation and explain and teach to me ways to apply various tools to a path of personal improvement. Thank you David.
David is caring, kind and extremely knowledgeable and in tuned with emotions expressed. I'd recommend him to anyone seeking a counselor.
Quite concise and helpful without judgement. Loved him !!
David is really understands my situation and put's me in in situations that promote growth in me as person.
David has been extremely helpful in the short time that we have been working together. He listens and understands my needs, he’s very knowledgeable, and he has stayed connected to the work that we are doing together. I’m very appreciative of how sincere and intentional he has been throughout the process. I was skeptical of using a digital counseling platform, but David has completely restored my trust. I would highly recommend working with him.
David takes the time to draw out answers through his thoughtful questioning and reasoning. He leads the person to healing answers by letting them figure it out themselves. Strongly recommended for those seeking faith based counseling.
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.
David is great. Always positive, challenges you and encourages you to challenge yourself. I learned a lot from him.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Just happy that the universe matched me with the best counselor ever!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
David is very receptive, listens carefully, and makes you reflect.
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.
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.
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!
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.
David is extremely attentive and a wonderful support. I would highly recommend him as a counselor.
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!
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.