Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
David Harrison is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, MA, specializing in depression, trauma, couples counseling, adolescent issues, and life transitions. David also sees individuals struggling with anxiety, existential questions, and personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder.
David received his Bachelors from Princeton University and worked in colleges and high schools with at-risk students before transitioning to social work. His training included outpatient and inpatient work at the VA in Bedford, MA. Since receiving his Masters in Social Work from Boston University, he has worked in private practice as well as at McLean Hospital.
David works with individuals age 16 and older, as well as with couples. In his sessions with his clients, he combines Psychodynamic Therapy with elements of existential therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Internal Family Systems therapy. David's interactive style is calm and candid, supportive and kind.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Adolescents – Navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges throughout teenage years
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
David is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual and couples sessions: $175 (50min)
Therapist's note: David can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Good therapy requires the trust that comes from feeling respected and understood. My clients - many of whom have histories of childhood trauma and stubborn, “treatment resistant” depression - tell me that they appreciate my calm, kind, straightforward style. I listen, talk, interpret, untangle, drawing on my professional and life experience to address your individual needs and priorities. Therapy is serious but it doesn’t have to be grim. Together we will identify goals, overcome obstacles and help you make positive change."
Treatment approachesExistential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
McLean Hospital, 2015 - 2017
Edith Nourse Rogers Hospital, 2012 - 2013
Boston University, MSW, 2013
Princeton University, BA, 1981