Dr. David Bright, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at SUNY New Paltz, training future school and mental health counselors. As a mental health counselor he uses a trauma-informed approach when working with teens, college students, and adults across issues of anxiety, depression, grief, career development and many other concerns. He believes in honoring a client’s lived experience and autonomy through fostering an empathetic relationship under a person-centered model. One of his primary focuses is making sure a client feels safe, heard, represented, and accepted in the counseling space. David often utilizes cognitive-behavioral, narrative, solutions-focused, existential, and psychodynamic approaches and specializes in issues of anxiety, depression, career development, and executive functioning.
David has experience working as a mental health counselor, school counselor, career counselor, and executive functioning coach across the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. He has worked with clients aged 4 to 66 on a variety of diverse issues and consistently strives to holistically honor the unique needs of every client. He has written and published articles and books on career development and anxiety management. David’s new book, Context Is Everything: How to Navigate Life in Multiple Realities explains how each of us is raised in our own unique context and how that context shapes our identity, narratives, beliefs, and willingness to interpret facts. David pulls from his extensive work as a mental health, career, and school counselor to help readers better understand how we create our own social narratives and identities.
- Ph.D. in Counselor Education: The Pennsylvania State University
- M.S. School Counseling: The University of Scranton
- B.S. History, Philosophy: The University of Scranton