About David Ransen, Ph.D., LMFT, CHt

David Ransen

Trained as a psychologist (Ph.D. from Cornell University), I have specialized in numerous areas of individual and family psychology and human development. I have taught psychology at four universities and two colleges, including Princeton University, Tulane University, Cornell University, and Harvard Medical School.

Some 25 years later, I returned to graduate school to be trained in Mental Health Counseling, then earned a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am fully licensed by the State of Florida.

Over the years, I have worked with both couples and individuals, helping them to navigate the heavy trials placed on all of us at times during our lives. Severe mental illness is uncommon, but nearly everyone experiences difficult and painful chapters in their journey through life. These are the times when I have been most helpful, first by establishing real mutual trust between those I serve and myself. In my experience, nothing is more important for real progress to occur.

Next, I begin to search for and highlight your strengths, because those strengths, which everyone possesses, are the key to overcoming setbacks and creating working solutions that lead to happiness and success.

A good therapist recognizes that you are the experts on your lives. I will never be, and that’s why I don’t tell my clients what I think they should do. Instead, I help people to recall and awaken the inner strengths they have used in the past to overcome burdens that have shaken their happiness. I have never met anyone who did not have the resources to overcome pain and suffering with solutions that amaze even them.

If you have had (or heard about) experiences with therapists who consume huge amounts of time and money digging deeply into your childhood in an effort to analyze how you came to be in your present situation, you can expect a different approach from me.

If I look to the past, it is only to identify your powers of recovery from adversity, not to awaken feelings of past suffering. Most often I keep the focus on the present, and on what can be done now to make life better tomorrow, next month, next year, and so on.

We will spend most of our time creating solutions, instead of analyzing problems. Problems are the results of behaviors that didn’t work in the past. Solutions are the results of behaviors that will work starting right now. Because it is often challenging for people to focus on solutions when problems feel so heavy, I always encourage clients to make positive changes in the form of “baby steps.” These have two very important advantages: First, a very small step in the right direction is easy to do. Second, each baby step results in a small but noticeable improvement in life, which makes the next baby step easier and more promising. Before long, these small steps forward become routine, and always lead to important solutions that return happiness and stability to people’s lives.

Former clients often send me heartwarming thank you letters, but their greatest gain is a renewed confidence in their own ability to create solutions in life, without necessarily needing help from a therapist in the future.

Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • The full range of anxiety, from edginess to severe panic attacks
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Insomnia and other disabling sleep problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Couples conflicts, married or not, straight or otherwise
  • Recovering from infidelity
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, weight loss, irrational fears, chronic pain, IBS, tinnitus, and much more

Treatment Modalities

  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
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