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David Summerhill Psychotherapy, LMHC

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David Summerhill is a counselor who works with adults and consenting teenagers to improve their mental health, interpersonal relationships, and overall daily functioning. He specializes in helping people who struggle with anxiety, grief, trauma, and career-related issues. He believes everyone has the ability to make the changes they want in life.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I like to create a safe space where you are comfortable sharing information about yourself that will help me determine the best way to serve you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career in corporate finance and sales and left after 15 years to become a therapist. My experiences in the corporate environment and my own journey in therapy led me to this career of service that aligns more with who I am. As a therapist, I’ve had the privilege of accompanying many people on their journeys toward self-discovery, healing, and change. I’ve served in clinical settings, corporate settings, and private practice. I look forward to hearing your story and serving as a companion and guide on your journey.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, I like to conduct an assessment or interview where I will ask you questions to learn more about your presenting concern and background. I like to create a safe space where you are comfortable sharing information about yourself that will help me determine the best way to serve you. I believe everyone is unique, so my approach is one that allows me to collaborate with you to customize a therapeutic plan that helps you achieve your goals. On our journey together, I will serve as a navigator who will suggest different therapeutic paths to reach your desired destination. I may suggest we explore your past if necessary. I may provide homework to help you develop new behaviors or ways of thinking. Those are just a few of the many paths I may suggest, based on what you want to work on. Ultimately, I will be a guide who gives you the space you need to arrive at the answers that exist within you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to read and have found myself most interested in books, articles, courses, and research that explore topics like anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, trauma, race, and spirituality. These are topics I feel most at home with.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we all have the ability and power to change despite the family we were brought up in, the environments we are surrounded by, or the DNA we have inherited. We may not have been able to choose any of those things, but we can choose to change elements of ourselves and therapy can help us do that. Therapy helped me uncover parts of myself that were once hidden, and I do not like to ask of others what I have not already asked of myself. So that’s my pitch: Give it a try!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The expansion and use of telehealth have excited me most. During the pandemic, I had hundreds of individual and group telehealth therapy sessions with clients who work across many different industries. Many of my clients were trying therapy for the first time and shared that telehealth removed common barriers to access, like having to factor in the time and cost of commuting. For many, telehealth allowed them to open up in the comfort of their own homes or in their favorite outdoor spaces. It has given me the ability to help people during times where they have needed it most and I look forward to seeing how many more lives can be changed with the normalization of this medium.
“Ultimately, I will be a guide who gives you the space you need to arrive at the answers that exist within you.”