David Callahan, MSW, LSWAIC, CPC

Pronouns: they/them

David is a neurodivergent biracial Latine/White nonbinary person with an associate’s license in social work (LSWAIC) in the state of Washington. David is originally from Phoenix, AZ but has been a Seattle resident since September 2020. As result of their lived mental health experience, David has a fairly strong self-care routine both to role model for their clients and to keep themself regulated when providing quality care.

David received their Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Arizona State University in 2019 and a Master’s in Social Work specializing in Clinical Practice at University of Washington in 2022. David has primarily worked with adults in the past however also has experience working with teens.

The origin of their desire to journey into therapy starts from their own history as a teenager with mental health struggles. Since those hard years, they spent my schooling advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and mental health awareness. Planning pride events and providing education on our community is their wheelhouse. As far as work, they’ve spent a little bit of time in most areas of mental health including direct care at group homes, behavioral health care in a psychiatric hospital, interning with a substance use rehab, and high needs mental health case management. Most recently, they have worked in community mental health as both a peer counselor and as a social worker/therapist. Some accomplishments they are proud of are organizing a second chance prom at their community college, creating a campaign in university for the trans lifeline, hosting a 2000+ person event for LGBTQ+ college freshmen, starting an LGBTQ+ affinity group for clinicians at their former employer, and previously leading a LGBTQ+ group with 50+ referrals.

David holds an inclusive framework that includes disability, neurodiversity, racial identity, and queer experience. LGBTQ+ inclusivity to them includes kink, polyamory, sexuality, and all gender expansive identities. They operate from a health at every size (HAES) approach for those of all body types and histories. They value harm reduction rather than abstinence. Therapy to them also includes social justice and addressing systemic issues alongside managing individual concerns.

Outside of therapy, David is a gamer, music lover, and owner of a 12 year old dog/”biopup” named Courage. They are very active in the Seattle pup scene as Edgar Allan Pup or Eddie, with previousĀ involvement in leadership for a local pup organization. You may see them at local kink events or parties as well as the occasional visit to larger national leather events.

Speciality Areas

  • Trauma processing
  • LGBTQ+ Identity
  • Sex positive and kink affirming care
  • Navigating neurodivergence
  • Building confidence and self-image
  • Intersectional issues
  • Effects of systemic oppression
  • Stress, anxiety, and emotion management
  • Building healthy communication skills

 

Theoretical Approach

David holds a person-centered approach while using a variety of modalities. David does not strictly adhere to any one modality and uses strategies based on what they see best fits the client’s needs. However, David is open to learning and further practicing modalities that clients may have specific interest in.

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling

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