David White, LPC
David White (Dave) pronouns: he/him/his brings over 15 years of therapeutic experience to the DBT Center of NJ team. Dave specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their families and has provided support and healing in a variety of clinical settings throughout the years includ- ing long-term residential treatment, in-home and community based therapy, adoption/ foster care services, acute hospitalization, and various outpatient settings. Dave has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Coun- selor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of Utah. Dave has in-depth Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) thought BehaviorTech and has received advanced training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.
Dave works with adolescents struggling with suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance abuse, trauma, technology addiction, anxiety, depression, un- healthy relationships, processing disorders, developmental delays, school refusal, fami- ly conflict, conduct and oppositional behavior disorders, low self-esteem, LGBTQ+ concerns and identity exploration. Dave also has extensive knowledge, both personally and professionally, working with individuals who struggle with attachment or adoption questions as he and his wife are adoptive parents themselves and have first-hand experience and insight concerning attachment theory and treatment. Among the key attributes that make Dave such an esteemed clinician on the DBT Center team is his sincere commitment to supporting the families that care so deeply for their troubled family members.
In session with Dave you can expect to have an authentic experience of connection and understanding. Dave has a down-to-earth approach to counseling that includes both the science and the art of therapy. In one context you may learn about the neurobiological connections between your bodily sensations and the feelings you are experiencing, in another you may practice tangible skills for managing your overwhelming emotions, and in still another you may find yourself chuckling at a dorky, yet timely, dad-joke. Undergirding all of this, however, is Dave’s unique ability to help his clients feel genuinely heard, taken seriously, and understood.
Dave and his wife, Jamie, have been married for nearly 20 years. They have three children: a 21-year-old son, 16-year-old son, and a 6-year old daughter. Dave and Jamie have navigated the challenging demands of uniting a blended family and of fostering at- risk children. Dave and his family enjoy spending time in the outdoors: hiking, biking, running, swimming, and simply taking in the beauty that nature has to offer.