David Kest is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy , and maintains a private practice in San Francisco,and San Rafael, CA.
With over twenty years experience in the counseling profession, and as a graduate of Antioch University specializing in Clinical Psychotherapy and Somatic Education, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are : RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING; PARENTING SKILLS AND CONSULTATIONS; BODY-ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY; and MINDFULNESS PRACTICES.
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, David Kest has been designated as a Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association (since 2006) for his contributions in his community as a volunteer clinical-supervisor of Interns at the Lomi Community Counseling Clinic and Apple Family Counseling Center, and for his service on the Advisory Board of the Marin Suicide Prevention and Grief Counseling programs.
David Kest is an interactive, solution-focused therapist, who helps his clients develop both the inner and outer resources they require to move "from surviving to thriving," (TM) in all aspects of their life! . His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Education: BS in Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1978); Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and Somatic Education from Antioch University, San Francisco, CA (1990).
License, Certifications & Awards: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1993); Certified in EMDR (1994); Certified as an Analytic Somatic Psychotherapist (2006); Diplomat of the AMA (2006); and Certified as an International Imago Relationship Therapist (2010).
Additional Training: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (Mitchel Method 1996); Trager Bodywork Practitoner (1988); Transcendental Meditation Citizen Sidha (1979); Student of Mindfulness Meditation (1988); Student of Integrative Transformative Practice (2005); Conscious Embodiment Level II student (2006); Internship with the Boyer Marin Lodge (1989) and 16 years as a parent involved in Waldorf Education.
Professional Activities and Memberships: Clinical Memeber of the California Associasion of Marriage and Family Therapists (1993); and member of the Marin Chapter of CAMFT (1990); Facilitation of Mens Groups (1988); and supporting member of Friends of Esalen (1982).