David Whitsett (He/his/him)


Hi! I am a psychologist providing in-person or video therapy for children, adolescents and young adults who feel stuck or overwhelmed.

Psychologist in Irvine, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
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  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I mostly work with children, adolescents, and young adults who are struggling with anxiety (e.g. social anxiety, panic, separation anxiety), OCD, and trauma and want to live more openly and freely, without being held back by negative thoughts or fears. I also provide psychoeducational evaluations for ADHD and learning problems.

My Background and Approach

As a therapist, I care deeply about helping my clients get "unstuck" from anxious thoughts and behaviors, in order to reconnect with the things that really matter to them. My clients often describe me as warm, compassionate, and occasionally funny. I practice two therapies that have very strong evidence behind them: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which help people overcome their fears and live richer, more engaged lives. I also use professional-grade virtual reality (VR) technology, which helps my clients practice new coping skills and master their fears in immersive environments that look and feel like real-life! I completed both my predoctoral and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where I worked with children, teens, and young adults with acute or chronic health conditions, and have advanced training in treatment of anxiety disorders.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I come from a very large, multicultural family and worked for several years as a public health outreach worker in the United States, India, and Central Asia during my pre-psychology life. As a child psychologist, I firmly believe that all children should have the opportunity to grow and develop in safe, healthy, and enriching environments, and that discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity (to name just a few) are ongoing barriers to this goal. Whether we have very similar or very different backgrounds, I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $120 - 160/session


714-367-6752 Email David
University Tower
4199 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

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