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David Rudesill, MSW, LCSW


About me and what to expect from therapy.

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social worker, I hold licenses to practice in Colorado (where I reside) and California.


I received my Masters degree in Social Work from USC, focusing on Clinical Mental Health, Psychotherapy practice, and strengths-based systems of recovery from mental illness.  At USC I was awarded the Order of Arete, and singularly awarded the USC School of Social Work's, "Welcome to the Profession Award" for demonstrating great potential to contribute to the field.  


I grew up in the Bay Area and in 2006 worked with NAMI before working for 2 years with a School-Based, Mental Health Non-Profit that helps children and young adults. In 2010 I moved to Los Angeles for graduate school where I worked for over 10 years in a variety of clinical settings.  I've been in private practice since 2015. 

Since 2008 I've garnered clinical experience working in community-based clinics, private practice, University Counseling, and as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in Los Angeles at Cal State University, L.A.


I have worked with diverse groups of people across the life span, of all sexual/gender orientations, and have a particular amount of experience working with adults 18-55 years old. All people are welcome in my office.


My training as a Therapist is in a modality called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). 


I've completed 4-years of ISTDP Core training in Los Angeles, followed by several years of Advanced group training. I am certified by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) and have trained with several well established ISTDP supervisors.  I currently engage in weekly supervision to continually hone clinical skills, grow personally and professionally. 


I love teaching and supervising and have successfully completed 3 years of ISTDP Teacher Training ("Training of Trainers") with Jon Frederickson, MSW (2020-2023). 

ISTDP is a trauma-informed, attachment-oriented, experiential, emotion-focused therapy with psychoanalytic roots. Research has shown (see Allan Abbass) ISTDP to effectively treat many common mental health and behavioral difficulties.  ISTDP helps people resolve long-standing difficulties with anxiety, depression, intimacy and closeness, un-resolved grief, sexual conflicts, entrenched forms of self-criticism/sabotage, obsessive thinking, and more. Together, we can help restore or build inner and outer capacities and connections, from wanting to having.  

Therapy is collaborative and there is no silver bullet.  I will work with you to understand your difficulties and give my full effort to help you resolve them.  It will require your best effort as well; only through working collaboratively together as a team can we heal trauma. 

Mandated Reporter: I am a mandated reporter, which means only in the following cases I am obligated to break confidentiality and report: suspected/reported child abuse/neglect (CPS), elder abuse/neglect (ADP), concrete report of plan + intent to kill oneself, or concrete plan + intent to kill another (Law Enforcement).

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