David Millen, AMFT

Title: Senior Associate Therapist
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist: AMFT #117576
Supervised by: Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH and Katie Malone, LPCC, LMFT
Phone: 925-954-6229, ext. 7

 

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David Millen, AMFT Associate Therapist at TheraThrive online therapy and Lafayette office

My Approach to Therapy

The focus of my work is to restore my client’s access to their own innate wisdom and power. I have seen the resilience of the human spirit and the triumph of growth and change. I am committed to support you in moving forward in your life. Each person has
their own unique perception and emotional world and I strive to understand yours.

I believe forming a strong therapeutic relationship is key for therapy to be successful. I believe that empowerment is an essential part of the therapeutic experience of every client. That is why I use an integrative approach, which essentially means that I draw
from many clinical modalities to provide you with specific tools to help you (or your child) meet your goals.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and also enjoy providing parent consultation/coaching support.

Gifted and Highly Sensitive

I really get giftedness and highly sensitive traits! You have a specific lens in which you see the world and it is one of beauty and uniqueness. I provide a strengths based approach to supporting you in some of the challenges that come with being unique, highly empathetic, talented, and kind.

 

Clinical Experience

I am a creative, authentic and empathetic therapist. I use many modalities, including non-directive play therapy, in order to help your and/or your child learn to communicate better, in their families, friendships and/or relationships. I support you to gain self-understanding and to grow in self-esteem. I believe that connections, including building community cohesion and awareness can also help you to flourish.

I began my career working with children and their families for the Albany School System Mental Health Program. In addition to my work at TheraThrive, I currently am a clinician at Fred Finch Youth and Family Services, a non-profit community mental health
organization that provides free mental health services to children, adolescents and families. I find all of my work extremely rewarding and I am passionate about providing clients with the best possible support.

 

Education Background

I earned my B.S. degree in Communications from Ithaca College with a minor in Trumpet Performance. I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Wright Institute. I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #117576), and I have almost done completing my supervised hours for my LMFT license. I am under the clinical supervision of TheraThrive’s Director, Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH, and TheraThrive’s Lead Therapist, Katie Malone, LPCC, LMFT.

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

My background as a musician strongly influences my work as a therapist and sees therapy as a way to extend compassion and balance not only to ourselves but to larger communities and the world. Music, and the arts in general provide for us a place to express ourselves when words fall short. I bring this creativity into my work with kids, adolescents as well as adults. I believe that music is our common energy and that where words fail, music speaks.

David Millen, therapist at TheraThrive, playing trumpet