Our Staff: David Christy
David Christy employs a relationship-driven approach to help clients live happier, more fulfilling lives. He draws on psychodynamic, humanistic and existential perspectives, and also incorporates CBT techniques. David works with individuals, couples, and groups. His work with couples is informed by his training in the Gottman Method and Imago. David offers Discernment Counseling for couples in which one partner is leaning out, considering divorce but not completely sure it's the best path.
David has experience helping clients to process grief, loss, and trauma; increase self-acceptance; strengthen relationships; set boundaries, and achieve general life satisfaction. A large focus of his practice, cutting across issues ranging from anxiety to depression to trauma, involves helping clients develop empathy for themselves.
David’s clients benefit not only from his education and practice as a therapist but also from his varied life experiences. In his previous career, David practiced international law. He was recognized for his expertise as a negotiator and litigator on World Trade Organization issues, and taught at several law schools, including Georgetown University, where he won a teaching award. As an athlete and coach, David played ultimate frisbee for over 20 years, competing on the national and international levels. His background allows him to be especially useful to those considering a career change or struggling with performance or work/life balance.
David is a member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, the National Association of Social Workers and the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work. He holds an MSW with a clinical focus from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.