About David

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Dr. David McGarva grew up in Scotland, where he was a manager in business and government for 21 years before making the move to Southern California. Among other adventures in Los Angeles, he became a 9-1-1 operator for four years while studying and training in psychology, therapy and counseling. Now he is a licensed clinical counselor and marriage and family therapist, and happy to be doing that full time.

David joined the Writers Guild of Great Britain in 1993, and he takes a particular interest in creative clients. He is certified in creativity studies by Saybrook University, San Francisco, after a series of research projects including an interview-based study of an established Hollywood writer’s experiences; a journal-based study of the novel-writing process; and three quantitative studies of the motivation of more than a hundred writer participants. A 2008 study of the motivation of screenwriting included interviews with eleven Hollywood professionals. He has also contributed to three psychology textbooks published by Cambridge University Press and Springer. Finally, David serves the State of California as a Subject Matter Expert in both marriage and family therapy and clinical counseling.

About your therapy:

David practices Gestalt therapy, which means his main goal is helping people to notice how they get in their own way. Gestalt uses no one-size-fits-all techniques. David says, “You’re a unique, interesting individual that I haven’t met yet. I don’t assume anything about you. I’m looking forward to a conversation that no two people ever had before.

“And I like to see people making changes. If you’re looking to forward to months of talking about your childhood, I may not be the therapist for you. I’m all about who you are now and who you want to be. We might look at any past events that could help with that. But we’ll never go where you don’t want to go.”

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