David Phillips, Ph.D. (DP&A, Inc.)   edit Info

1775 The Exchange, Suite 327

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

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Through 25 years of clinical practice, Dr. Phillips has found the following approaches effective in treating a variety of client problems.

The bedrock of his treatment is based in interpersonal psychology. This theory emphasizes the importance of communication and relationships. If we change how we relate to others, we can improve our mental health, decrease our anxiety, and be clearer in our thinking and our decision-making. For example, a depressed man may need to examine his passivity in relationships and the impact of conflict avoidance upon his mood and his life as a whole.

Another key concept has to do with responsibility. Research has shown that individuals who view the world largely in their personal control are emotionally healthier than those who feel they are mostly at the mercy of the universe. Treatment encourages a shift in perspective from powerlessness and blame to potency and personal responsibility. Husbands are encouraged to decrease the accusations placed at their wives’ feet and increase the attention given to areas where they can positively impact others. Time and again, it is apparent when we focus on our own issues, those around us are positively influenced to respond to us accordingly. Taking action replaces waiting for things to improve or for others to change.

A multi-faceted approach focuses on the person as a whole. In addition to looking at strictly psychological issues, the individual’s health, career, finances, play, spirituality and so on, are all potential topics of discussion. Dr. Phillips can function as advisor, career coach, relationship guide as well as psychotherapist. Often, psychological issues affect the degree to which a career succeeds. CEOs have asked Dr. Phillips to assist them in managing their board and key employees and to aid them in keeping focused on staffing to their own weaknesses.

The therapeutic exchange is lively and interactive. While clients do most of the talking, unless they are initially inhibited, Dr. Phillips is active in keeping therapy on track and engaged. Otherwise, if clients are always left to direct the course of a session, their natural avoidances may at times lead them to safe but non-essential topics where progress is delayed.

Dr. Phillips believes his clients are capable of being emotionally healthy. From this perspective, he relates to them as experienced equals. Therapy is viewed as a joint venture where both parties influence the course, the pace and the scope of the work. Humor is used since treatment is viewed as a challenging, rewarding and sometimes entertaining adventure where personal qualities are discovered and claimed. Dr. Phillips feels kind and sympathetic toward his clients. He also views himself as the carrier of hope when hope does not yet exist within them. With this humanistic approach, he is also known for maintaining excellent boundaries with his clients.

Therapy is viewed as a microcosm of the larger society. Thus, we eventually act in therapy in much the same way as we do in our other relationships. As a result, some of treatment is here-and-now where issues which arise between client and therapist are discussed and understood. As clients improve their relating to the therapist, they gradually discover they can deal with others more effectively as well.

Dr. Phillips teaches clients to understand and to be aware of the meaning and impact of their behaviors, and the behaviors of those around them, in depth. This allows us to be clear about what is happening in our relationships which, in turn, allows more informed decisions and more effective actions for constructive outcomes – in families, at work, or in public. Clients are encouraged to move out of reactive and unconscious selves and into observing stances where they can take more fully-conscious positions in life. A woman who over and again argues with her husband begins to see that she is allowing herself to be controlled by his comments and blindly defends herself to the same futile end each time. Gradually, she steps back and observes herself and takes more time to respond with new comments, suggested by Dr. Phillips, that aim to take the discussion to a different and more productive place.

As you can see, there are many philosophies incorporated in Dr. Phillips psychological approach. Hopefully, the above discussion provides you with enough information to get some idea of what the treatment might be like.

Insurance & Payments AcceptedSuper bills provided for reimbursements, Self Pay
Professional AssociationsGeorgia Psychological Association
Licenses & CertificationsLicensed Clinical Psychologist
Theoretical Orientationlife coaching, eclectic, psychotherapy, interpersonal
Areas Most Worked Inadults, older adolescents, couples
Specialties / EmphasisCrisis Counseling, Chronically Mental Ill, Codependency/ACA, Dissociative Disorders (MPD/Repressed Memories), Divorce/Dissolution, Eating Disorders, Employment Issues, Grief/Loss, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar), Personality Disorders, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Sexual Disorders, Substance Abuse/Dependency, Trauma Recovery (abuse)
Company TypeIndividual
Number Of Staff1
Years In Practice25

Therapy, Life Coaching

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