Dave Evans, MA, LCPC, is considered an expert in mindfulness-based counseling, which promotes inner peace, acceptance and problem resolution. Using these mindful awareness practices, he helps his clients understand their endless human cycles of anger, fear, sadness, and feeling misunderstood. He integrates mental health and spirituality to address real-life situations. His spiritual and Christian-based counseling approach helps clarify values, while strengthening one’s faith.
Dave has been in the mental health profession since 1980. He has worked in a variety of settings, including SASS crisis intervention/stabilization, inpatient psychiatric units, residential treatment, as well as private practice since 2002. Some of his past specialties include working with the chronically mentally ill, adolescents, children, families, trauma victims, and persons affected by substance abuse. Over the past ten years, he has provided psychotherapeutic services in an outpatient setting, where he has helped hundreds of couples, parents and adults in transition and those affected by codependency and Self-Love Deficit issues.
Dave is extraordinarily dedicated in helping his clients develop and sustain wholeness and self-leadership in their lives and relationships. To that end, he provides a number of services for couples, including premarital counseling, marital enrichment, and stabilization of highly distressed marriages and other close relationships. In doing this work, he encourages his clients to explore family of origin issues, attachment trauma and related problems which affect relationships.
In individual therapy Dave facilitates growth, awareness, and mastery over internal conflicts, anxiety, stress and self-regulation problems. He emphasizes the importance of understanding and acceptance of one’s inner emotional life, including patterns of thinking, mindful awareness, and how our brains and nervous systems affect our ability to handle stress and conflict.
Dave’s psychotherapy abilities transcend age, as both teens and adults equally relate to him, while feeling safe and inspired to explore solutions to their problems. Similarly, Dave works well equally well with women and men.
Dave has extensive training and experience in couples and marital therapy. He has been trained in Gottman’s marriage/couples therapy methods, mindfulness based psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology (Dr. Daniel Siegel), treatment for adult survivors of abuse and/or neglect and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). He is certified as a Parenting with Love and Logic training facilitator, and use these principles of personal responsibility in all areas of relationship work.
Dave also is trained and supervised by Ross Rosenberg’s in his Self-Love Deficit Disorders and Codependency recovery (Human Magnet Syndrome) treatment methods.
Mindful Awareness skills and concepts have been integral parts of Dave’s clinical work for almost ten years. He is a seasoned expert in mindfulness based counseling methods. His mindfulness based work teaches his clients to become calmer and more engaged in the present moment. Working with their thought patterns and awareness of their minds’ activities can be instrumental in helping them change ineffective habits of relating to self and others. He has taught and led groups on meditation, mindful breathing, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques. He is available for meditation training and mindful education for groups. Click here for more info. Click here for Dave’s Mindfulness video.
At the request of his clients, Dave incorporates spirituality into his counseling work. He enjoys and is talented in helping clients explore and understand how spirituality can positively impact their problems, personal lives, and relationships. He leads his clients down a safe and affirming path of personal, emotional and spiritual discovery during which they can connect more deeply with their Creator, or source of life and inspiration. His education and training in divinity enables him to help clients seek out the meaning of circumstances and patterns in their lives, and use this knowledge to help themselves find practical applications and solutions. Deeper connections with self, others, and God can be essential in improving self-awareness, self-compassion, and making positive life changes. Click here for more info.
it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
it means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart.
There have never been more pressures and challenges facing individuals and families than in today's world. It can be difficult to understand what makes life work for ourselves. It's hard to know how to help our loved ones. We are all faced with dilemmas about how to balance our lives, to find harmony and wellness in an often perplexing and chaotic world.
Cultivating peace is a way to help ourselves realize our deepest values and purposes in life. Knowing these parts help to focus our intentions and actions toward knowing and being the true self we are created to be.
Finding support and help for yourself is a wise - and brave - choice. Whether you are working on relationships, (specific) goals, or personal growth and well-being, it's good to have a collaborator, a supportive partner. When we feel stuck, or unhappy with our life situation, we often need a relationship - a place and a person - where we can go and clarify our needs and sort out necessary decisions. It is good to know you are not alone, and that you can do something to improve your sense of personal strength and well-being.
Facing a problem or significant stress can leave us feeling lost, or helpless. What needs to to happen next? We may not know what to do, where to turn, who to go to to receive support or a listening ear. When life is overwhelming, working with a counselor or coach can be of great benefit in helping you to make changes - and this does not have to be a lengthy or agonizing process.
In our work together, we join forces in dealing with your life situation. Sometimes our difficulty with taking action is about not knowing or seeing clearly what we need to do. Most often, there are obstacles or some form of resistance that hold us back from choosing and acting on plans that we know we can carry out. I provide coaching and mentoring of your personal goals, and help with following through on your intentions.
I was trudging through misery and I couldn't see the forest for the trees. Many around me thought it was depression, but I believed it wasn't, it had to simply be the situation I was in. Dave helped to show me how to frame the larger issue, how to take that step back and see the real problem. It took time, lots of homework, understanding, and focus, but Dave helped me work the sadness into something manageable. Now I can tackle the sadness on my own. He helped me break the circle I was caught in. He helped me stop getting caught in the circle. Thank you Dave!
From T.F., client from Sept 2014 to Nov 2015
"I've specialized in integrating psychology and spirituality in order to address real life situations. Working with me can help you to verbalize and process the situations you are facing in ways that tune in on your soul, clarify your values, and strengthen your faith. I look forward to joining you in your journey."