David Christensen

My name is David Christensen and I’m the child and family specialist at South Davis Psychological. With my post today I want to give you a better idea about I approach counseling/therapy with children. Therapy with children is not like therapy with adults because children are not adults. Talking isn’t always the best method to get results when working with children, but helping the child find their own voice in a natural way, such as through play therapy, can be the secret to getting results and improving their life.  


How to Find a Good Child Therapist

"Can you recommend a good therapist for my kid?" This may be one of the most common questions I answer as a psychologist. The sad reality for a lot of parents looking for a child therapist is that good help is hard to find. But the good ones are out there. If you want to find one, it helps to know what you're looking for. Here are 5 signs you've found a good child therapist:

Good child therapists are a different breed. Although many therapeutic skills translate from adult work to child work, those who have dedicated their career to children approach their work differently. Child specialists don't just tolerate the ways a child's mind differs from an adult's...


Welcome to my blog! Research and my own professional experience have taught me that, when it comes to therapy and psychological testing, the fit between the psychologist and the client is key.


3 Signs You (or Your Child) Should Get Psychological Testing

A while back, I had the opportunity to work in a facility that was designed to help people who were really struggling despite getting great treatment in the community. I was sometimes amazed by the changes they were able to make with the right help (and by the steep price they had to pay to get that help). What also struck me was that psychological testing, an intervention available to anyone, was often an integral part of their treatment in that facility, but was missing from their outpatient treatment.

Based on my experiences there and other places, I’m convinced that high quality psychological testing can make a huge difference in a person’s life. I’m equally convinced that it is tragically underused. For some people, the choice to get psychological testing is pretty simple. Their employer, a judge or a government agency requires it and they go and get it. For the rest of us, the choice might not be that clear. Despite the fact that psychological testing can be a real gift someone who’s struggling, few people even know what it does or think about it as an option. With that in mind, I’ve decided to write about three signs that you should consider getting tested...


How I Think Therapy Works (Most of the Time)

Diane was 25, a new mom in a lonely struggle to survive an undiagnosed illness that left her emaciated and near death. One day, holding her baby in her car seat, she made the exhausting trek up the steps to her apartment. That’s when her body gave out. She began to collapse, nearly losing her grip on her daughter’s car seat. She had not dropped her daughter, but the idea of her baby tumbling down the concrete steps terrified her and filled her with the nagging shame that so often accompanies traumatic experiences.

Thirty years later, Diane found herself in my office in Houston...