David Rudesill, MSW LCSW

LCS #68166

About me and what to expect from therapy.

I received my Masters in Clinical Social Work from USC, focusing on Clinical Mental Health, Psychotherapy practice, and strengths-based systems of recovery from mental illness.  I grew up in the Bay Area and have been working here in Los Angeles since 2010. I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker (LCS #68166), and my therapy office is in Pasadena, CA (currently only providing tele therapy).

I've garnered clinical experience working in community-based clinics, private practice, and academic settings. 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 y/o. In addition to my passion for psychotherapy, I'm also an adjunct professor of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles.  I am passionate about psychotherapy Training and Education and aim to de-stigmatize/de-pathologize mental health for all.


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


I completed 4-years of ISTDP Core training in Los Angeles; am certified by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association; and am engaged in ongoing Advanced ISTDP training and Teacher Training with U.S and International training groups. I regularly seek consultation and training opportunities to hone and improve my clinical skills,

ISTDP is a trauma-informed, attachment-oriented, here and now, experiential, emotion-focused therapy, that research has shown to effectively treat many common mental health, and trauma-related symptoms and difficulties.  ISTDP helps people resolve long-standing difficulties with anxiety, depression, difficulties with intimacy and closeness, un-resolved grief, entrenched forms of self-criticism/sabotage, obsessive thinking, and more.  

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. Helping you connect with the motivation to help yourself may be an initial focus of the therapy.

Due to an intensive focus on experiencing emotions in ISTDP; many people report achieving rapid progress.  I cannot guarantee how quickly you will achieve your goals, but I deeply value open feedback and ongoing evaluation of the progress made in therapy. 

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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