David Shapiro, Ph.D.

David Shapiro, Ph.D.

Professions: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY17495
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 05103

My approach is to collaborate with my clients to tailor a unique growth promoting experience based upon that individual, couple, or families specific needs and preferences. Often this can involve some combination of strategies that target positive change emotionally, physically, behaviorally, and relationally. Strategies used can include relaxation training, biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, communication skills training, as well as less directive psychotherapies. I don't take a one-size-fits-all approach. I have had the good fortune to have received training in a broad range of therapies and techniques, which allows for this flexibility. Overall, my goal is to empower the clients with whom I work. I love to assist clients in establishing practices and changes in their lives which can continue long after our work is done. It is also my goal to have individuals, couples, and families do things between sessions that support the changes they seek, rather than limiting their efforts to therapy sessions alone. So, if I had to pull it all together, I would say I take a flexible and integrative approach aimed at empowerment.

Email or Call David Shapiro, Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05103

More Info About My Practice

My office aims to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Although I do not participate as an in network provider, my services are covered as out of network by most PPO insurances. My office will check you insurance benefits, explain them to you, and even submit all insurance forms on your behalf. Most clients simply pay their co-payment/deductible at the time of service, even if I am an out-of-network provider for their insurances. Obviously, choosing to see a provider outside of one's network is a decision to take on some additional expenses in order to work with a specific clinician. I always remain conscious of this, and honor the investment my clients make in choosing to see me as an out of network provider or an a fee for service basis. Toward that end, I always strive to work as efficiently as possible, with the goal of empowering my clients. Many clients have been surprised how quickly they have reached their goals, and how few sessions were actually required .

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Being a Psychologist is much more than a job for me. It is a calling, a means of using my qualities and abilities for the benefit of others. Nothing gives me more joy than to see a person, or a couple/family, that were stuck, find ways to materialize lives they hadn't thought were possible. That is what I mean when I use the word "empowerment", the experience of realizing that a person can take actions that allow them to become masterful, whether it relate to health, work, relationships, or other areas. So many people walk around not realizing they have such capacities. Sometimes it requires the development of skills, other time it may necessitate overcoming self-limiting beliefs and self-esteem issues, sometimes it requires identifying and connecting with the right resources in the world. Assisting individuals, couples, and families in figuring out, and taking the steps to manifest, what they most deeply want is the most profound activity I could imagine.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

My early career was most influenced by the Existential-Phenomenological philosophy of Carl Rogers. In particular, I was influenced by the concept of self-actualization as a potential within people, which could be supported by providing the facilitative influences of Empathy, Genuineness, Congruence, and Unconditional Acceptance. This has remained a foundation for me, which underscores how I relate to all people, including clients, and the goal of self-actualization remains sacred to me. However, as I continued to develop, I also came to value ideas from other systems, which have allowed for greater efficiency in getting to those goals. I have pulled from Gestalt therapy, Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Behaviorism, and psychoeducational approaches to developing skills related to communication, problems solving, even emotional management. So, now, after decades of working as a clinician, I would say I am still essentially interested in facilitating self-actualization, and thus at core I am Existential, but I would say I am strategically humanistic in that I find I can be more active as an agent of empowerment than originally I had been.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Mediation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Biofeedback / Neurofeedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Transactional Analysis

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