Dr. David Shapiro, PhD

California Licensed Psychologist, MSPS

Dr. David Shapiro, PhD
+656779 0660

Dr. David Shapiro, PhD

California Licensed Psychologist, MSPS

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY17495
Billing and Insurance:
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


79 Anson Rd.
Singapore, Singapore 079906 - Singapore

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My Approach to Helping

Are you unsatisfied with one or more areas of your life? I partner with my clients to empower them to make the changes necessary to bring their realities in line with the lives they truly want. In this way, I collaborate with each individual, couple, and family with whom I work to craft their own individualized success plans. To accomplish this, I draw upon years of experience, as well as a very strong foundation of training in a range of techniques and strategies. Perhaps equally important are the personal qualities that I bring, which include intelligence, genuineness, compassion, and a commitment to the highest standards.

I offer a range of types of therapies, often combining several, depending on the particular needs of each client. These include short term interventions designed to provide quick symptom relief and behavioral change, as well as longer-term approaches that aim at helping to extend these changes into a fulfilling life.

Entrusting another person to help with your most sensitive issues isn't easy. Please know that I will honor you with the level of care, concern, and commitment you deserve. I will always act in your best interest, helping you to overcome those things that are holding you back.

More Info About My Practice

People are often curious how I ended up in Singapore. The path that has brought me here reveals some important things, so I want to share a bit about that. One piece of relevant background information is that, in addition to being a Psychologist, I have practiced and taught meditation and Buddhist psychology for the past 12 years. The integration of meditation, mindfulness, and other core Buddhist teachings with psychotherapy have helped me to be an even more effective therapist. So too, has being a therapist provided a venue for me to actualize values important to me, especially related to the vows I have taken to dedicate myself to helping liberate others from suffering. It is this spiritual path that has brought me here to serve Westerns living abroad in Singapore.

I came to Singapore by way of Thailand. In addition to initially immersing myself in Tibetan Buddhism and a related tradition called Dzogchen, I spent 5 years studying with Thai Buddhist Monks at a Monastery in Escondido, CA. It was this exposure to those Monks that helped me to make the decision to close my successful psychology private practice in Orange County, CA and move to Thailand with the goal of deepening my spiritual practice and serve Villagers without any expectation of payment. I actually considered becoming a Monk. However, through deep contemplation and consultation with trusted Teachers, I came to realize that the best way for me to help liberate others from suffering was through the career I know best - being a Psychologist. So, after a year of sabbatical in Thailand, I decided to explore possible career opportunities in Asia for someone with my skill set. Interestingly, it wasn't long before I came to realize that there is a shortage of well-qualified Psychologists in Singapore to care for a sophisticated group of Westerners working abroad (i.e. Expats). I have been fortunate to join Psynaptica, which is the Psychology service within Body With Soul, a multi-specialty holistic wellness center. This is where I now practice, along with colleagues of various disciplines, including Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and other Psychologists. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work among such an integrated group of helpers who empower positive change on multiple dimensions. So.....that is how I came to be an American Buddhist Psychologist practicing in Singapore.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with teens, adults, couples and families. Here in Singapore, the majority of my clients are Western Expats living abroad, as well as Singaporeans who have had exposure to Western cultures. I tend to work well with highly accomplished professionals and their families. Many of my clients appreciate that I incorporate mindfulness, meditation, clinical hypnosis as possible adjuncts to more traditional psychotherapy.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Authentic Movement
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodrama
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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