David Schlagter, LCSW
"Helping Families, Individuals, and Couples Live the
Peaceful, Fulfilling, and Happy Life They Deserve."
In order to feel and understand someone else’s pain and suffering you have to have experienced that yourself. My own personal experiences with that has led me to be able to understand and feel the pain that others are experiencing.
Many times people find themselves in families, marriages, or relationships where they just can’t seem to work through the issues they are having.
Or maybe you are an individual who is experiencing any one of the variety of issues people encounter today. I am able to help you better understand what you are going through and provide answers and tools for you to resolve them.
My Services & Specializations
As a family therapist, I help people across their life span. I work with children, teens, and adults struggling with a wide variety of difficulties. For more information about some of my specializations and the services I offer, read below.
What I have observed working with families is that there is almost always something in the family system that is not operating as well as it needs to be. This could be one or more of the following; parents not parenting together, lack of boundaries and consequences for the children, lack of structure, poor communication, unresolved feelings, etc.
Often you will find that the negative behavior of the children of these families is symptomatic of some dysfunction in the family system. I help families to identify what needs to be corrected in the family system so that it can function in a healthy and functional way. This will allow the family to enjoy and experience the love, support, and happiness that a healthy family has.
Counseling for Adults:
People experience a wide range of issues and challenges as they go through life. These challenges include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief issues, addiction, and more. I help people work through the challenges they are experiencing and to be able to grow from them.
Couples Counseling or Marriage Therapy:
There are many issues and challenges that couples face that affect the relationship. I will work with you to develop a healthy way of communicating with each other so that you can work through any challenge and develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship. There are various components and awarenesses that are required but once they are learned and used it will change the relationship forever.
My Story & Background
Many years ago, I experienced my own suffering and severe challenges. I struggled for a long time trying to cope with them on my own, but was unsuccessful. I finally hit bottom and reached out for help. To this day, I am truly grateful for the professional counselors that were there to help me work through what I needed to work through and obtain a truly peaceful and joyous life.
From that experience, I realized what my life purpose was going forward. And that was to help others with whatever they were struggling with and to help them to also obtain a peaceful, joyous life.
I went back to college at Syracuse University where I received a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Family Systems. I graduated in 1995 and began working full time helping those who were in need and have been doing so ever since.
I have worked extensively during the past 25 years with a very broad range of clients with issues that include, but are not limited to families, couples, and individuals. The struggles I have helped clients overcome include marital and family issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, couples counseling, grief, and more.
My compassion, empathy, and experience, along with a sincere desire to help others has allowed my countless number of clients to reach their goals for therapy and to experience the peaceful and joyous life they deserve. It is a privilege and a pleasure to see and hear the deep gratitude and happiness that these clients express as they work through their challenges.
A number of years ago, I was fortunate to be selected to be trained by a world renowned therapist, Dr. Salvador Manuchin, who was a co-founder of Family Therapy. This experience has been invaluable to me as I work with families.
Just For Fun
Having a balanced life is needed if we are to have a truly peaceful and happy life. Exercise, meditation, spending time with family and friends, and practicing mindfulness are some of the things that I do to find that balance.
On the weekends you can find me early in the morning riding my bike up along the coast of A1A. After that, I’m headed home to pick up my best friend, Teddy, who is my beloved dog.
From there we head out to our favorite Starbucks for our favorite beverage and relaxation. The rest of the day is spent with family and friends enjoying life and all that it has to offer.
Why Work with Me?
What clients can expect from entering into counseling with me is a skilled and experienced clinician who can help them resolve any issue they are struggling with. They will also find a deeply compassionate and empathetic person who truly cares about them and their overall well being.
Clients can be assured that my education, various training, and twenty-five years in the field will be more than enough to help you with any issue or challenge you might be facing. I am looking forward to working with you!
Get Started Today!
Contact me at today 954-391-5305 to discuss how I can help you and your loved ones reach your goals. I offer a complimentary consultation and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to speaking with you. You deserve to be happy, healthy, and fulfilled in life and your relationships.