David MacBryde, LMFT

  • Anxiety, Trauma & Stress
  • Depression & Self-harm
  • Addictions
  • Psychosis & Personality Disorders
  • Ages: Teens 16+, Adults, Families, Couples


  • CBT
  • CBT for psychosis
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational interviewing

Experience 20+ Years

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David is devoted to listening deeply to clients, putting them at the center of his work and helping them understand themselves and find meaning and purpose in their experiences and relationships. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he has worked with adults and older teens, giving them a safe place to explore and feel more in control of often challenging situations, from anxiety to substance abuse to struggles with life changes. He has also helped teens and young adults find their footing in the world as they transition into self-sufficiency.

David has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years and received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is certified as a WRAP facilitator, a Trauma Champion, and a Hearing Voices facilitator.  He also teaches graduate-level classes and trains clinicians in Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention, Counseling Dynamics, and working with extreme states.

In his spare time, David is a voracious reader and enjoys the Santa Cruz forest and spending time with his beautiful nieces.

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.