David L. Hall, LMSW
There are a lot of factors that go into successful and effective therapy – but none more important than the hope and belief that things can and will get better through your engagement in the counseling process. With that in mind, I ground my practice approach first and foremost on the development of a strong therapeutic partnership that places you, your goals, your inner wisdom, and your inherent strengths at the center of our work together. There is no greater expert about you than you – so your active engagement in this process is essential. For my part, I will bring over 20 years of effective social work and clinical practice experience that has included:
- helping folks heal and reclaim aspects of themselves that is often buried in the wake of traumatic experiences
- helping those I’ve worked with take control over the devitalizing effects of depression and anxiety
- helping to develop and utilize skills that enhance emotional regulation, interpersonal communication and distress tolerance
- supporting folks through the process of grieving painful and disruptive losses, and integrating these losses in a way that enable them to move forward
- helping individuals and couples adjust to both anticipated and unexpected life transitions.
My approach is holistic (mind, body, spirit), with a focus on helping those I work with develop skills in mind-body management as an effective means of reclaiming control over intrusive thoughts, reactionary behaviors, and debilitating moods. I will also draw heavily upon cognitive, dialectical, mindfulness, grief/loss therapy, and acceptance and commitment treatment approaches in our work together. Along with my partner at Peak Alternatives, we also incorporate a wilderness therapy component to our work with clients that takes our therapy out of the office and into nature.
I wish you much luck on your journey
Michael D. Sullivan, LMSW
Over the last 25 years I have been granted the opportunity to work with amazing individuals, couples and families who were searching for well-being. As we attempt to balance our personal and professional lives it is so very important to have a supportive and nurturing guide. Those I have worked with say I am caring, compassionate, open-minded and that I am able to create an inclusive and safe environment for growth and reflection.
I specialize in working with those living with mood disorders (principally anxiety, panic, phobias & fears and depression), substance use disorders and traumatic brain injury. I also support those seeking help with stabilization with academic and professional stressors, grief, loss and end of life evolution.
My approach is holistic, positive and relational, utilizing diverse methods including Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Psychoanalysis and Wilderness/Nature Based Therapies—all the while focusing on the individual and their connection with overall well-being, interpersonal relationships and community.
I received my Bachelor of Science (BS) from The Pennsylvania State University in Health and Human Development in 1996 with a focus on Experiential/Outdoor Education and my Graduate Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the Greater Rochester Collaborative (Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport) Master of Social Work Program in 2004 with a focus on Family and Community Practice.
As an aspiring back country guide I have a love for hiking, backpacking, trail running and mountain biking. If I am not traveling with my spouse, reading or attending live music you can usually find me cooking and eating in my kitchen.