David received his BA in psychology from UC Berkeley and his MSW from UCLA. Following his graduate studies, he completed successive year-long externships at Southern California Family Institute and the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, where he studied narrative therapy with Jeff Zimmerman and trained with family therapy pioneers, John Weakland and Richard Fisch.
He established one of the first Los Angeles-based training programs in narrative therapy in 1992 at Jewish Family Service of Santa Monica and went on in 1999 to found the non-profit agency, Miracle Mile Community Practice with a mission to provide affordable counseling and training in narrative therapy.
David has taught at the graduate level for many years, the last 15 of which at Pepperdine University. He has trained countless interns in narrative therapy in Los Angeles and Orange County and presented in the U.S., Canada, Turkey, Spain, Norway, Denmark, India, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He has taught for Dulwich Centre and is on the faculty of the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. He has collaborated on several peer reviewed journal articles and 3 chapters in edited texts and is co-author, along with David Epston and Laurie Markham, of the WW Norton book, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children’s Imaginative Know-how.
He has been in private practice since 1992.