David Affolter

(M.S.Ed., LMHC)

About Me

Hello there! I’m David.
I have been helping people most of my adult life. It just seems that has been a major motivation for me. After college and service in the Air Force, I really was confronted with the reality that I needed to choose a direction in life. Based on my personal values as a believer in Christ, I made a decision that I wouldn’t make that choice based on how much money I could earn. I knew in my heart that it had to be something that would bring me lasting satisfaction. I would feel good about myself. I became a high school teacher and coach in private faith-based schools, and I loved doing that for twenty years. Along the way God permitted me to obtain graduate training in Biblical counseling. And God also allowed me to experience the joy of seeing young people do things they thought they couldn’t ever do. In my teaching, I always seemed to be drawn to the students who seemed like they were struggling to find their way. Students came to me for someone to listen to them and help them find their way. I have the joy today of keeping in touch via social media, and I have watched as they grew their own families and followed their own paths with the Lord.

After those teaching years and my own daughters moved on to college and adult life, I felt the urge to keep helping people, but I felt moved to go into counseling. With the support of my wife, I completed a degree in Community Counseling at The University of Akron in 1994 and became a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio and now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor here in Florida since 1999. It really has been a great transition, for I have learned that a significant part of counseling is giving people new information and perspectives and helping them decide where they want to go and how to get there. I have continued now for over twenty years in helping people deal with a variety of problems in their lives, by helping them see their value in Christ, so they are able to feel good about themselves and able to move in the direction they choose in God's providence. I have learned how life in this fallen world has wounded people and how to help them heal from those wounds. I have seen people who thought their lives were over but have learned in therapy how to build new ways of being and living that lead them to new destinations—destinations that many never thought they would arrive at in the beginning. I know when I reflect on my own journey over the past fifty years or so, I am amazed at the variety of experiences the Lord has brought my way, and the lessons I have learned along the way. It is a very humbling experience watching people gain the courage to change and move forward in ways they never believed they could. If this kind of experience is something that you believe would be helpful to you, then you are in the right place. I can join you on your journey and help you find your way to your new destination—a new way of looking at yourself, a new career path, finding new friends, or finding a new spirituality to give new meaning to your life. I look forward to assisting you on your journey to your new destination!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH6268 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by A.A. on Oct 04, 2020 after counseling with David for 2 weeks

David is easy to talk to and does a good job with adapting to my individual needs. He doesn't make assumptions and does a good job getting to the heart of the issue and is supportive along the way with taking steps. Although I have just met with him twice, I feel he is a good choice if you are looking for scripturally based counseling for spiritual growth and taking steps to overcoming hardship.

Written by M.I. on Oct 01, 2020 after counseling with David for 2 weeks

Great guy, helped me alot in the first session.