Dr. David Palmiter


Dr. David Palmiter


Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PS008807L
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304 Royal Oaks Dr
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 18411

My Approach to Helping

My 30+ years of experience has taught me the importance of making the time to do a good evaluation up front. This involves understanding each person's life story, administering assessment tools, reviewing relevant records, and interviewing other people that my client and I agree should be involved. I believe strongly in evaluating strengths as well as pain, with my feedback emphasizing the former. I also believe in letting my clients know about what research-based treatments are available to them so that we can collaborate in getting them back on track ASAP.

I believe in setting measurable goals before beginning, and checking on progress as we go. My intention is to promote healing, wellness, and happiness as effectively as possible. With child and teen clients, I use a variety of methods to make each person comfortable (e.g., the use of magic tricks) and all of my clients have the choice of getting to know my Portuguese Water Dog Dakota.

More Info About My Practice

I'm an author of two books pertaining to promoting resilience in youth and have a third one in the works for couples. I'm also a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, serve as an examiner for board certification in clinical psychology, have done hundreds of national media projects (e.g., CNN, Washington Post, New York Times) and have lead hundreds of trainings for mental health professionals across the country. I also have a blog you can find at while my Twitter feed is Other information about my credentials, awards, and various work products can be found on my website.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I consider myself to be a general practitioner. However, I especially enjoy working with kids, teens, and couples. I also love practicing positive psychotherapy (i.e., how to apply the science of happiness), doing forensic evaluations, and offering presentations and workshops to groups.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

I believe that clinical psychology is the discipline that understands, heals, and advances the human condition. Psychotherapy, when well conceived and conducted, is the practice that applies the best science-based information for accomplishing healing for individuals, couples, and families. It is remarkable to me how transformative it can be (i.e., as a man I'll never give birth, but I've helped to give rebirth more times than I can count or remember).

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
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