David

Kalergis

My goal in counseling work with families in Mt. Pleasant & the Charleston area is to support relationships where both parent and child feel esteemed, recognized, loved and understood. My work and interventions involve supporting children and families to move past barriers by healthily communicating core feelings, wants, and needs. It is my belief that with encouragement, reassurance, and the right coping and communication skills, anyone can thrive!

I have over a decade’s worth of experience working with children and families in a multitude of different environments around the world.  I take pride in implementing mindfulness in providing a person-centered approach to treatment plans as it is my belief that a trusting rapport is the foundation of a healthy therapeutic relationship, and providing a positive male influence in the lives of the children I counsel.

 

I have an animated assertiveness towards life and counseling. My natural and easy-going approach to my work, helps me make real and sincere connections with children, teens and parents.  My ability to meet children and teens at their level while making them feel heard, validated, and understood is a valuable asset in the process of rapport development and achieving therapeutic goals.

I work hard to help the children and adults I see feel heard and accepted yet contested to assist in the process of development and maturation. It is not my place to criticize or condemn, but to craft a bond where you can see your barriers, address them, and move forward.

Credentials:

  • LPC: National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHCE)
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education, The Citadel Graduate College
  • Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (State Registered by Project BEST, MUSC)
  • Serving Board Member of Family Corps (Accredited Parent Anonymous of South Carolina)
  • Darkness to Light Certified – Steward of Children
  • Completion and Passing of South Carolina Praxis II – Elementary Education – Instruction, Practices, and Applications
  • Completion and Passing of South Carolina Praxis II – Professional School Counseling
  • Basic Conversational Spanish
  • State Notary
  • CPR/First-Response, First-Aid Certified
  • Member: America School Counselor Association (ASCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), Palmetto State School Counselor Association (ASCA), Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) and American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)