David Shein, MSW, LCSW uses a strengths-based and collaborative treatment approach with each of his clients. David believes in leveraging a client’s self-knowledge and he will always meet clients where they are emotionally, cognitively, and physically. David incorporates humor, music, media, literature, and sports in his therapeutic work.
David promotes “psychological flexibility” in his practice, teaching his clients the ability to be present, to pause, and to take committed action….to do what matters in life in accordance with one’s system of values and goals.
David specializes in individual, couples and group talk therapy related to substance use issues and disorders, trauma, corporate/workplace stressors, relationships (couples, family, colleagues), anxiety, stress, depression, anger, shame, guilt, and grief/loss.
David is extensively trained in a variety of evidenced-based treatment modalities to address and treat mental health concerns. These include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF).
David is an EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist. David utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences. EMDR focuses on processing memories, which are the basis for the symptoms and dysfunction related to PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
For clients who reside or are located in Illinois, David is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA). David successfully completed Loyola University Chicago’s Advanced Accredited Training Program (including 4000 hours of supervised field work) and passed the exam administered by IAODAPCA. David is not licensed as a CADC in any state besides Illinois and cannot provide services as a CADC for any clients located outside Illinois.
David is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the EMDR International Association, and a network member of Backline, a mental health provider for music industry professionals.
Prior to starting David Shein Counseling, David was a therapist with Midwest Counseling and Diagnostic Center (Chicago, IL) and Hazelden Betty Ford (Chicago, IL). David has also held various roles in the mental health and substance field at organizations including Harborview Recovery Center (Chicago, IL) and Hanley Center (West Palm Beach, FL).
In addition, David has over fifteen years of experience as a marketing executive in “Corporate America,” holding leadership positions with several top public relations firms in New York City and Chicago.
David received his Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David, his wife, daughter, dog and three cats reside in the Charlotte area. David enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, going to concerts, grilling with family and friends, and is always on the search for an “epic” slice of pizza.
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