David Burns -


“What makes change difficult?” is a frequently Googled question. In fact, if you type in the words, “What makes change” into Google, it will autofill with “difficult” or “hard”, and what is even more fascinating about this is that the top 5 autofill options do not include the question “What makes change successful?”. The importance of this, and incorporation of Google, is to show that this question of why change is difficult is one of, if not the most, asked question by people. I however, choose not to focus on why change is difficult, rather I like to ask, “What makes change successful?” Change is not often comfortable, but it offers the result of comfortableness, it is not easy, but offers the ability to develop the skills that help navigate difficulties more easily. Change is, by virtue, a way of development and progression. It is realistic evidence of a person’s resiliency. I focus on the question, “What makes change successful?”, because that is the question that offers possibilities and not barriers. Together we will explore the roots of problems but will be consistently focused on what you have control of and utilizing rational methods of thinking to approach, implement, and sustain positive change in your life.

“There is virtually nothing in which I delight more than throwing myself into a good and difficult problem” – Albert Ellis


I graduated with my BA in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. I began my career by working with children, specifically adolescent boys with behavioral issues along with autism. I then began working with adults as a Blended Case Manager and developed a multitude of skills in linking clients with services that they needed and to help them navigate the often-complex mental health system. During my transition time working with children and adults I began my Master’s program in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2016. Prior to graduating I served as the Assistant Director of Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Nulton Diagnostic’s and Treatment Center. After this I worked in Philadelphia as a Forensic Support Team Navigator, which I completed assessments and recommendations for treatment to the court systems, for individuals deemed incompetent to stand trial. Finally, I currently serve as the Regional Program Director for Peerstar, LLC, which allows me to provide communities with peer support services. I am also currently working towards my Licensure for Professional Counseling in Pennsylvania.


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