David C. Olsen, Ph.D.

David C. OlsenDavid Olsen has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center since its inception in 1985. He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University at Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology from Drew University. David has done extensive post-graduate work in family therapy.

David most recently co-authored the nationally published The Couples Survival Workbook (New Harbinger Press, 2001). He is also the author of Integrative Family Therapy (Fortress Press, 1993), co-author of When Helping Starts to Hurt (W.W. Norton & Company, 1994) and co-author of a chapter in Prevention: Avoiding Burnout in a Perilous Calling. He has penned numerous journal articles and is a regular contributor to local media articles and features.

David presents workshops nationally. He has also presented at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and he provides annual family therapy training for U.S. military chaplains and has served as faculty for the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.

David is also an adjunct professor at Sage Graduate School, where he teaches couple therapy and sex therapy. He is a certified pastoral counselor (Fellow, American Association for Pastoral Counselors), and is a certified marriage and family therapist (Clinical member and Approved Supervisor American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Diplomat in the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.