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David Rust Psychotherapy, LCSW

Not Taking New Clients

David Rust is an experienced, master’s level, clinical social worker. His approach to therapy tailors each session to fit the needs of his clients and utilizes compassionate and person-focused discovery techniques. He has special interests in LGBTQIA+, fatigued professionals, and clients seeking confidence-building.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I have always believed in being true to your identity and that self-expression can come in many shapes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always been drawn to helping those in need and empathizing with clients facing difficulties in their lives. The craft of therapy came to me later in my career; I originally started as a social worker in the rehabilitation department of a major hospital. In the department, I encouraged those undergoing rehab to focus on repairing more than just the disability or illness but the whole of their being (including emotional and social aspects). I find my innate ability to listen and source the genesis of issues to be key strengths that I bring to my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am always proud of those who take the first step in improving their mental wellbeing and I do not take the responsibility of being their guide to mental health lightly. When first meeting with clients, I try to get a sense of their history and how I can help them get from where they currently are to where they want to be. My approach to therapy requires that the client be dedicated to truly putting in the work required and being open and honest during our sessions. I know how difficult it is to open up about mental health topics, especially with a stranger, so I strive to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere that encourages my clients to share. At times, I will require homework or journaling and might even suggest the dreaded roleplaying during sessions. I encourage those interested in learning about my approach to schedule an initial session.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are rooted in the juxtaposition of growing up in a rural small town with conservative leanings, myself never truly fitting that model, and the exploration I’ve done and continue to do to become my most honest current self. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have always believed in being true to your identity and that self-expression can come in many shapes. In my practical approach to therapy, I am very sensitive to the issues in my community and the ever-changing landscape that LGBTQIA+ youth and adults find themselves in. My sessions are a judgment-free zone and an open place to unpack issues and begin to heal.
“My sessions are a judgment-free zone and an open place to unpack issues and begin to heal.”