David Hawkins, M.Div., M.S., LAC
Is a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arkansas and has worked in community mental health settings and private practice. David has earned a B. A. in Philosophy and Religion from Hendrix College, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Iliff School of Theology, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He has worked many years in religious non-profit public service and higher education, serving church communities, teaching graduate courses in religion and numerous college courses in psychology including introductory courses, Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Lifespan Development and Research Methods. He has a life-long love of appreciating the many ways people "put life together into meaningful wholes" and the many ways we have trouble doing so.
David is a member of the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association and continues to educate himself to better meet the needs of diverse clients using evidence-based therapies to help clients achieve their goals.
David uses a person-centered approach and cognitive behavioral strategies to provided crisis intervention services, evaluation and develop treatment goals with clients. He provides counseling services for older children, individuals, couples and groups and has worked with those grieving, anxious, depressed, facing relationship challenges, behavioral problems, substance abuse recovery, and services for the seriously mentally ill. Furthering community understanding of mental health issues and paths to healing, he has presented public lectures on numerous issues, e.g., poverty, trauma, post-traumatic growth, positive psychology and addiction. David is particularly sensitive to the special challenges faced by historically under-served groups, such as ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community, and is committed to healing and justice for all.
Helping people develop new ways of thinking and acting to engage life's challenges more effectively and holistically is his passion. David is knowledgeable about many philosophical and faith traditions and supports the use of positive coping resources from one's own intellectual, religious or spiritual background.