David Harrison LICSW

David Harrison

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments



Teenagers (16+)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 9:00am-8:00pm
Tue: 9:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 9:00am-8:00pm
Thu: 9:00am-6:00pm
Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Couples counseling

  • Existential challenges

  • Adolescents

  • Life transitions

  • Personality disorders

  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

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

General expertise

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.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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."

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