About Me

I am a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) therapist licensed in Southwest Florida with over 12 years of experience working as a mental health therapist with individuals, and young adults/teens (ages 12-19). I have worked with teens who have experienced depression, anxiety and grief-loss. I have also worked in outpatient and co-ed residential settings specializing in teens who have experienced abandonment, loss of family, parents and/or home. Some of these teens also had a history of physical trauma, sexual or emotional abuse, and alcohol/substance addiction and abuse. Populations of teen clients have also included foster teens and adopted teens involved in division of juvenile justice.

My counseling style is open and engaging, and I approach all my clients with commitment and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapies. I will adjust my approaches and treatment plan to follow your individual needs and to meet your goals.

I am glad that you are taking this first step in seeking positive change. I am here to encourage and support you in your therapeutic journey.
I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

FL LCSW SW13643


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for David Potts. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.

Written by A.D. on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Plenty of experience, easy to talk to.

Written by B.R. on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with David for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Mr. Potts helps me out a lot and helps me start my week off right!

Written by K.E. on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with David for 8 months

"I m extremely satisfied with my son therapy David is friendly and professional. He helped him to understand the causes of he’s problem and he’s pain and feeling level getting so much better now .very happy

Written by A.N. on Sep 01, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks

David did a great job with my son. My son states that he enjoyed the experience and is grateful to David.

Written by A.M. on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with David for 4 months

I think Dave really made a difference with my son and therapy helped us identify issues that ultimately, at least for my oldest son, are better handled in person. We will be starting my youngest son , who’s in a much different place than his brother, with Dave this week. Dave has been understanding with our multi dimensional issues and a great, reliable resource for me as a parent.

Written by A.M. on Jul 23, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

David is not my first therapist, I can say he is quite knowledgeable, he provides me with all required solutions and gets me to learn more about my personality and my communication skills.

In the past, I did not have a very good experience when it comes to therapy because simply I saw no change.
Although I have only been with David for three weeks, he had helped me a lot in controlling my temper, communicating more effectively with my husband and teaching me about my boundaries and how to set them up so I can stand for myself and I don't have to feel that I have been taken advantage of.

As well David is generous with his time. During some of the sessions he spent with me 60 minutes because I needed it, he just did not finished or rushed the session. I would recommend him for sure and I am so lucky to have him as my therapist.

Written by J.O. on Jul 18, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Was helpful for a week or two, then stopped listening to me, repeated things I had said “as advice.” Said would be around for messages, but ignored them for days.

Written by O.M. on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

He’s been great at inserting his life experience into my situation and being able to give me guidance

Written by J.A. on May 27, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

The best!

Written by D.E. on Apr 18, 2022 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Great listener and provides helpful advice and insight.

Written by S.U. on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and adhd

I’ve just started with my therapist and so it’s been great. I Hope to find my “ self “ again and still be a good partner in my marriage. David has given me Hope.

Written by D.A. on Apr 11, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

Maybe later

Written by R.I. on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

David has been the greatest person I have spoken to in regards to concern, past, guilt, shame and trauma. I realized that he was able to relate to me even when I couldn't tell what I was going through at times. The texting feature is amazing that it helps me to release my emotions via writing and the video call is great to redirect my recovery and stay grounded. He is a very caring and comfortable cornerstone in my healing journey.

Written by D.A. on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

He gets me. He's direct yet soothing. His advice and stories are completely relevant to what I'm going through.

Written by E.S. on Mar 04, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Relatable and understanding!

Written by G.I. on Mar 03, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks

David has been extremely helpful with my son. He listens and tries to help him however he can. He has been great at helping us navigate a pretty rough time. I would def recommend him.

Written by E.O. on Feb 27, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

David is a fantastic guy who has helped me through a lot. He's very personable and wise, I very much appreciate his time and advice. He will never steer you wrong.

Written by K.E. on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks

He is simply wonderful. My, apprehensive to counselling, daughter feels very comfortable speaking to David. He has been very helpful and she looks forward to each session knowing that she is going to be given tools and wonderful support navigating through some of the experiences and challenges of teenage life that have come up for her. I say all this after two sessions and some texts back and forth......very quickly we realized, he's simply wonderful.

Written by M.A. on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I was going through an extremely stressful time with a lot of major milestones happening all within a few weeks of each other. Never had therapy before but maybe I was lucky and got along with David as my first ever therapist. He provided a listening ear without judgement but also gave valuable insights and coping strategies of his own. It's all these little things that are just enough to push you in the right direction. Cannot recommend him enough.

Written by Z.O. on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and coaching

I am happy with David. I feel he is authentic and it helps me open up in the sessions.
I feel better and work gently toward the areas I need to pay attention to. I started setting changes to better with not even pushing myself. I recommend him

Written by T.I. on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've had two phone sessions and many text interactions with David Potts. He is an attentive therapist and also provides helpful resources for reflection and finding solutions. I really appreciate his attentiveness and it seems he really understands my issues when I explain them. I also really appreciate that he is interested in helping me find solutions.

Written by S.T. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

He’s great! I feel he really listens about what i have to say as well as giving genuine thoughtful feedback and help. Its not like one of those generic therapists from a big company but rather feels like a deep conversation between friends.

Written by M.A. on Oct 01, 2021 after therapy with David for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Great therapist best I’ve had

Written by D.A. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

David not only listens intently, he is eager to help. Furthermore, David regularly provides useful and thought-provoking self-help type of passages for
Me to review between sessions. I feel better after each session .

Written by A.L. on Sep 04, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

What an amazing man. Could not have asked for anyone better.

Written by M.I. on Sep 02, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

So far it’s been very helpful talking to him every week.

Written by B.I. on Sep 01, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dave Potts is an excellent therapist.While he is highly professional at all times from the moment we logged on I felt comfortable and at ease as if I were speaking to a best friend who gets me ,listens well ,gives sound advice & feedback & Who I can relate to.I would recommend him to anyone

Written by G.A. on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with David for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression

David Potts is a very good therapist who listens and tries to help.

Written by D.I. on Jul 30, 2021 after therapy with David for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

He has always been open minded about my alternative lifestyle. A wonderful listening ear and excellent advice. He makes you feel like you are chatting with your best friend. The best part, you can tell her really cares about you.

Written by K.R. on Jul 07, 2021 after therapy with David for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

David is a great counsellor. He helps to guide me to my goals while letting me discover them for myself. He is incredibly supportive and the best therapist I have ever worked with.

Written by S.T. on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with David for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

David is warm, professional and completely understands my situation. He continually supports, has compassion and grounds me to understand different perspectives.

Written by H.J. on May 28, 2021 after therapy with David for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Fantastic therapist, very grateful for him

Written by A.D. on May 13, 2021 after therapy with David for 1 month

David has been absolutely fantastic! Things that have been bothering me for years were resolved within a few sessions. This was mainly relating to past trauma. He was very approachable, listened and gave excellent advice. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.

Written by S.U. on May 01, 2021 after therapy with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Very easy to talk to

Written by M.E. on Apr 25, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

I’ve never had such an understanding therapist. I’ve been in therapy since childhood and no one has been able to connect with me the way David has. It almost feels like talking to a friend with great advice and clarity. It’s only been a couple of sessions and he’s already helped me start to make changes. Thank you David, I look forward to continue working with you!

Written by D.Y. on Apr 04, 2021 after therapy with David for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

David Potts is very knowledgable and sincere. I am happy I found him to guide me through a very confusing time. I think he can help his clients achieve their goals and live more fulfilling lives.

Written by A.B. on Mar 25, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

David conducts sessions in a way that puts you at ease to talk about whatever you need to. He’s empathetic and encourages you to exercise empathy for yourself and others.

Written by M.A. on Mar 05, 2021 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

David is a great conversationalist. He is very gracious in conversation and allows space for me to speak, and sometimes think. He works with his clients strengths, and very low pressure approach. For eg, he understands that I don't accomplish much self growth through reading and doesn't recommend reading material because he understands that it is not my strength.
Thanks David.
I Appreciate You

Written by F.A. on Mar 04, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

It was very nice to speak to David, he is very open and easy to talk to. And he gives you a very positive feeling about yourself. I highly recommend his services and expertise.

Written by T.I. on Mar 02, 2021 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Amazin professional that cares about the patient and provides a variety of resources o support.

Written by M.O. on Feb 02, 2021 after therapy with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and eating disorders

David is a wonderful human being. Very compassionate and understanding. He has a wealth of knowledge about mental health and resources to help you along whatever journey you’re on. Would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a therapist who will listen to you without judgement and genuinely cares about their clients :)

Written by A.N. on Jan 27, 2021 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues

David has been wonderful at getting to know me and creating a rapport between us such that I feel safe talking about my issues. He has also been wonderfully proactive in learning about the bits I need guidance on, and delightful at guiding me on my journey toward being my best and healthiest self.

Written by J.A. on Dec 01, 2020 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

David has given me confidence in therapy that I lost years ago after trying time and time again and just not getting what I needed. I feel like he really cares and really wants to help. I'm a little unique, and without getting into too much detail he calms my usual autism symptoms when dealing with new people just by his calming presence. He's brilliant and I feel like I might get somewhere with his help.

Written by K.H. on Sep 19, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He’s very kind and listens and understands what you are saying he try’s to find a solution for you that will work with your needs

Written by A.Y. on Sep 16, 2020 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Excellent counselor, felt non-judgemental and listened to me carefully and provided good conversational advice. I really felt a difference after 4 sessions and i'm grateful

Written by S.C. on Sep 15, 2020 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

David has been extremely helpful in helping me find ways to combat my anxiety, depression and gain confidence again. He offers very productive ways to gain insight into behaviours and analyse situations to help grasp clarity regarding the issues I brought to him. He is very attentive and a great listener, with insight from David and the worksheets to serve as a hands on way to help the situations I am positive about the future again.

Written by B.R. on Sep 13, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 months

He is a wonderful counselor. He is patient, kind, compassionate, and truly makes himself available.

Written by A.L. on Sep 10, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I haven’t worked long with David but I really appreciate him and his methods. In the small amount of time we’ve been working together I’ve felt a little better and am excited to continue working with him. He’s patient and understanding and knows how to help me

Written by A.L. on Sep 07, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

David and I have only had two sessions so far but I feel we connected well. He's been great at listening to my concerns and he's already helped me change how I tackle issues. I look forward to continuing our conversations and solving problems together.

Written by Z.A. on Aug 04, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

The counselor is very kind & helpful, he is supporting with the appropriate tools to heal, & take you step by step through the process!

Written by H.A. on Jul 29, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

David has been really kind and understanding during my sessions with him. He offers non judgemental advice, and has been really good at helping me work through some of things I'm going through slowly but surely. He has a lot of patience, and is easy to talk to.

Written by K.A. on Jul 28, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

David has been amazing! We've discussed a few of my many issues that bother me, and he's always very welcoming. We're working toward an on the phone session (I'm better behind a computer screen, not quite there yet but that's the goal). I love the worksheets he sends me and refer back to them when I'm feeling anxious. I would highly recommend David for anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, or substance abuse/addictions.

Written by S.T. on Jul 27, 2020 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Talking with David feels like talking with an old mate. He is a good listener, but at times comes out with aphorisms that you can get on inspirational wall hangings. To his credit, he has made me see that I am much further along in my journey than where I thought I was.

Work with me!