Dr. David Gosling, MS, NCC
Counseling Education and Supervision
Licensed Resident in Counseling
I spent the first decade of my professional life serving in the United States Army as an Infantryman and later an Infantry Officer with the 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum, New York. I am a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (06-08). After my active military service, I was an Airborne Company Commander in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, and a Rhode Island State Trooper from 2009-2013. Since that time, I’ve worked in Veterans’ advocacy on Capitol Hill, as Chief Operating Officer of a spiritual retreat center in rural Pennsylvania, and as a Youth Coordinator in the greater DMV area.
Since moving into professional counseling, I’ve worked in a number of settings, to include: hospice and in-patient care, community, substance use, and college counseling clinics, as well as in a variety of wilderness therapy locales. Currently, I am on track to graduate with my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William & Mary in May, 2020. My areas of research include military and veteran issues, PTSD, moral injury, masculinity, and spirituality within counseling.
How I work:
I specialize in working with veterans, adolescents, families, and couples. I use a trauma-informed approach to all counseling, with a theoretical base grounded in existentialism. In this manner, together we focus on the deepest issues of being human. I use a systems framework for family and couples counseling, with solution-focused, strengths-based methods for both groups and individual clients. Moving from a holistic perspective, I want to incorporate all the facets of life into our work, to include relevant cultural, spiritual, and intersectional issues. I believe in the process of counseling as a co-journey between clinician and client, wherein a genuine relationship is formed in order to best facilitate a positive outcome for those seeking professional help. I consider it an honor and privilege to serve you.