Dave McNew (he/him)

Accepting Clients

Hi! I'm Dave McNew, a licensed clinical psychologist with a passion for deepening your relationship with yourself and others.

Psychologist in Seattle, WA

About My Clients

I work to help those with marginalized identities (sexually & gender queer, BIPOC, trans) to heal chronic struggles with trauma, anxiety, and depression. I use my passion for depth work, mindfulness, and self-compassion to build space in which you can know yourself more fully and live more authentically. I help to cultivate more safety and joy in your relationships with others, and with yourself. I make space for you to face the parts of you that are hardest to feel.

My Background and Approach

I work from the relational psychodynamic lens. I am deeply interested in exploring how you came to be you–what gives rise to your thoughts, feelings, and how you came to see yourself and the world around you. With greater insight into these things, you build greater agency, choice, and freedom. Some parts of ourselves are hidden from our own awareness and become apparent only in the ways we relate to others: the impact we have on them, how we engage them, what seems to come up again and again. Because of this, I use the relationship we build as a window into your world–and as an agent of change in your life. This is why the perspective offered by a professional in a confidential setting is so valuable. In weaving together the psychodynamic approach with self-compassion and mindfulness practices, you begin to uncover parts of yourself that stand in your own way. You learn to relate to yourself and others in ways that bring relief, greater understanding, and long-term change.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that you are doing the best you can with what you have and know in this moment. I believe that a great deal of what we suffer with was learned and shaped within significant relationships with others, and can be known and reshaped within more healing relationships. I believe that therapy is hard work, and worth it. I believe that people can change and grow. I believe that healing is non-linear. I believe that our job is twofold: to both reduce your suffering and deepen your capacity to navigate it, to bear it. I believe that you need not have an official mental health diagnosis to justify therapy--the problems of life are tangled, contradictory, and do not fit into neat boxes. I believe you are inherently worthy of love and connection.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $185/session

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