Wendy David, Ph.D.
PhD, PLLC – Clinical Associate
Wendy David, PhD, PLLC, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a 30-year history of working with veterans, women, couples, groups, and families. She served as a Staff Psychologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle for 25 years and on faculty with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington until 2015. She now focuses on her private practice as well as her consultation services to state and local agencies. Dr. David received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1991, became licensed in Washington State in 1993, and is a highly-regarded and sought-after consultant and presenter both locally and internationally in the areas of PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), disability, and mental health. Her expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral and Evidence-based treatments for PTSD, depression, trauma, sleep disturbance, eating disorders, and interpersonal relationship skills. Compassionate and caring, she utilizes an integrative and holistic approach to treatment, maintaining a collaborative relationship in setting treatment goals while carefully listening to and responding to clients’ needs.
Blind since age 8, Dr. David has published two books in the field of blindness which have received international acclaim. Her first book, Safe without Sight: Crime Prevention and Self Defense Strategies for People who are Blind (David, McCall, and Kolmar, 1998), serves as the foundation of personal safety curricula in schools and agencies for visually impaired individuals in the U.S. and Australia. It has also been adapted for female veterans with histories of sexual trauma and PTSD in a program of therapeutic self-defense called “Taking Charge!” Her second book, Sites Unseen: Traveling the World without Sight (David, 2010), promotes travel and serves as a resource guide to assist and encourage travel and tourism by individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities.
Dr. David’s areas of specialty include:
- PTSD and Trauma Treatment
- Sexual Abuse
- Adjusting to Disability and Chronic Illness
- Women’s Concerns and Health
- Eating Disorders
- Couples’ Interactions and Conflict Resolution
- Coping with Life Transitions and Challenges
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Grief and Loss
She provides a diversity of evidence-based treatments, including:
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Trauma
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep problems,
- Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for stress, anxiety, and
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy for emotional regulation and interpersonal skills
When not working, consulting, writing, or presenting, she enjoys skiing, dragon-boat paddling, attending concerts and the theater, and traveling the world with her faithful guide dog, Okra.