PROFILE - DAVID KHOURI
I am a former engineer who became disillusioned with working in the oil and gas industry and decided to pursue a more fulfilling career in psychology. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, which means I use a wide variety of evidence-based interventions. I generally like to use a combination of cognitive (thoughts), emotional and behavioural interventions and approaches focused according to your needs, preferences, self-identified goals, and strengths.
Having received therapy myself, I am aware that this can be a daunting process. I actively try to reverse the typical ‘power dynamic’ of the therapeutic relationship by placing an emphasis on your goals and needs. I also recognise there must be a balance between being empowered and having a framework and direction to maximise the therapeutic potential of each session. To maintain this balance, I frequently ‘check in’ throughout the course of the therapy to determine whether it is meeting your expectations and needs. I place a high value on building and strengthening the therapeutic relationship through empathy and validation to promote feelings of safety, security and feeling heard and valued. I also like to encourage and utilise a ‘strength-based’ approach.
I have experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I also have experience across different age demographics including adolescents, and adults.
More specifically I have had experience in the following areas: anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, life stage transitions (particularly adolescence), grief, domestic violence (with both victims and perpetrators), suicide and self-harm prevention, anger, addiction, personality disorders (primarily Cluster B), mandated clients, relationship counselling (based around John Gottman’s research), family conflict, and parent-child relationships.
I also have some experience of working with clients from diverse backgrounds and identifications (e.g. LGBTQIA+) and am always willing to learn more from such clients about their experiences.
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, listening to vintage rock music, swimming and spending time with my wife and son. I also enjoy reading and expanding my knowledge around the intersections between philosophy, religion, and psychology and also my interest in depth psychology.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology with Honours)
Master of Applied Psychology
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Bachelor of Commerce