Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed psychologist who works as an independent practitioner. This means I have a private practice, and even if I share office space with another practitioner, my practice is separate.
For some of you, seeking out a psychologist is new; for
I would like to share a little bit about my background and current beliefs regarding psychotherapy and working with people. I say “current beliefs”, for the field of psychology continues to evolve. Having worked in the mental health field for over 35 years, I have seen many shifts regarding our understanding of people, relationships and treatment. As a psychologist, it is my duty to learn about new ideas and approaches that will allow me to be the most helpful to others.
Though there are many similar symptoms or conditions, I view every person as unique. Focusing on the relationship in therapy allows for the development of trust and safety, which I believe is necessary for therapy to be effective.
I use a variety of approaches, depending on the issues the client chooses to address. These may include:
- Supportive cognitive behavioral therapy
- EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Mindfulness Practices
- Play therapy
- Consultation with parents
- Gottman approach used with couples
There needs to be “a good fit” regarding the relationship between the client and therapist. Therapists have varied backgrounds, training and personalities. If I meet with a client and for any
Depending on the referral, I see individuals, couples and families. I work with children as young as five years old, adolescents, and adults. I typically meet with people weekly and space sessions out as things are improving.
My Therapy Practices During Covid-19
Currently, all of my sessions are via telepsychology. I use a HIPAA compliant service, Doxy.me, to conduct sessions so that all of our conversations are secure and encrypted. Your privacy and safety are extremely important to me. My goal is to return to in-person sessions as soon as it appears safe. Please take care.
One of the things that bring people security and joy is getting together with friends and family. After months of dealing with this pandemic, and no clear end in sight or whether it will become more severe, most of us are beginning to feel the strain. This uncertainty has resulted in reports of mental stress, exhaustion, feelings of social isolation, symptoms of anxiety, anger, depression, and many times conflicts between family and friends regarding safety.
During this very difficult time, maintaining strong mental health is a vital component of our well-being and survival. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advocated wearing masks, social distancing (at least six feet), frequent hand washing, and avoiding large crowds, especially indoors. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect you’ve been exposed, please isolate yourself from others and call your doctor or local health department for instructions.
Racism & Discrimination
Discrimination and oppression have been a part of this country since the beginning. The tragic death of George Floyd has been a catalyst to address persistent racism and discrimination that remains enmeshed in our society. All forms of discrimination and oppression whether race, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, etc. are like societal cancer. Discrimination and oppression lead to fear, harm, and death, pulling apart our ability to coexist and support one another.
I believe safety (physical and emotional) is vital to moving forward. People need to feel safe in order to trust, effectively communicate, work together, and heal our society. Cultivating attitudes of acceptance and equality allow us the space to build these networks of safety and trust. Working together in this way, we are able to foster caring, understanding, and compassionate relationships which, in turn, strengthen our own mental health and contribute to building the strong, healthy, homes, and communities we desire.
This is a time when people are feeling vulnerable due to pandemic, racism, and violence. I encourage you to be vigilant for your own safety and the safety of others.
Tools for Physical & Mental Health
Here are a few suggestions to help you navigate this challenging time:
Follow CDC and state guidelines for health during COVID 19 pandemic. Here is a helpful resource page from the Oregon Health Authority: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-resources
Keep an open mind and being accepting of others.
Be proactive rather than reactive. Become involved in supporting equality and work towards acceptance and understanding. This includes understanding our own prejudges and taking responsibility for positive action.
Exercise, meditate, and use mindfulness practices.
Find ways to safely stay connected with others.
Find things you are thankful for rather than focusing on the negatives, realizing the pandemic will come to an end.
Pick up a new hobby or revive an old one.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not hesitate to seek professional support.
David C. Wade
1100 E Marina Way, Suite 221
Hood River, OR 97031
Licensed Psychologist: OR 1081
Monday – Thursday
some Friday mornings