David Whitaker, Ph.D.

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer
Contact Info:
Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA
Phone: 917-626-4687
Email: dwdave8@gmail.com

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: Focusing Institute, Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology, Reichian Energetic Institute
Licensed By: New York State
FOT Specialty Areas: Trauma, Adolescents, Adults, Body Psychotherapy, Couples

Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Body Work, Creative process
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Psychoanalytic/Relational/Self
Personal Statement about Training Program:
I like to work at the intersection of Focusing and various forms of Depth Psychotherapy, especially Relational and Self Psychological approaches. I also have a background and training in Bioenergetic Bodywork and offer this as a possibility to those interested. To me, the important thing is to help people start and maintain a process of unfolding, growth and change in their lives.

A Sample of my Work:
In addition to seeing people privately I also work at a teaching hospital where I am involved in the teaching and training of psychologists. One thing I emphasize to my students is the importance of empathy in maintaining contact with the one you are working with. I also am interested in dreams and their use in therapy, especially in moments of being stuck.

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