David Shields

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

David Shields

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - MH19485
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: Free 15 minute consultation. $175 per 50 minute session. I am currently not accepting insurance. A detailed receipt can be provided facilitate use of FSA or HSA card.
Free Initial Phone Consultation


1200 W. Platt St.
Suite 204
Tampa, Florida 33606

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My Approach to Helping

Our lives are full of obstacles that can prevent us from living life to it's fullest. Some obstacles we seem to bring upon ourselves, while others are thrust upon us. Overcoming these obstacles can be difficult and sometimes painful. I offer a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic setting where, together, we can explore the specific challenges you are facing. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions. Based on your individual goals and life experiences, the focus of our work may be solution-based, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic or interpersonal. Often a combination of therapeutic approaches is effective.

For over 20 years, I have worked with clients dealing with a multitude of challenges including stress, anxiety, low elf-esteem, family conflicts, grief and difficult child custody proceedings as well as with clients facing the daily challenges of living with a variety of mental illnesses. I provide a safe environment for clients in the LGBTQ+ community to deal with a variety of life challenges complicated by family, systemic and societal prejudices.

My Role as a Therapist

I help clients identify thoughts and beliefs that affect their behaviors and inhibit their ability to live life to it's fullest. I help clients explore the the origins of those thoughts and beliefs and why they may have been effective, even essential in the past. I then work with clients on reframing them and developing behaviors which help them define and achieve future oriented goals.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with clients with a variety of backgrounds and challenges including both men and women, people experiencing the difficulties of divorce and child custody, parenting, living with mental illness such as bipolar, grief, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and clients or family members dealing with LGBTQ+ issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Self-Esteem

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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