Dr. David W. Lynch is a licensed clinical psychologist who recently joined the Chrysalis Association. He has lived in and worked in a number of states, first as an attorney, and for the past fifteen years, as a clinical psychologist. During his pre-professional work life he worked in radio and television, and was a police officer. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1982, and his Doctor of Psychology degree from Forest Institute in 2002, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Disabilities and Development and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He completed additional coursework at the University of Louisville for adolescent sexual abuse counselor certification.
He has worked with children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. He has provided psychological services in outpatient and inpatient settings, and is a skilled person centered psychotherapist. He has served as a clinical director and as a director of clinical services at two inpatient facilities for the treatment of sexually abusive youth, one in New Mexico, and the second in South Dakota.
Dr. Lynch uses mindfulness based psychotherapy, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, both with individuals and with groups. He is experienced in treating anger and pain disorders, both in individual and in group therapy. He is well trained and experienced in the use of hypnosis to aid in psychotherapy, and in the treatment of certain physical ailments, including chronic pain. He has done extensive work with military personnel from all branches of the military for a variety of clinical issues, including posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, pain management, and family problems.
Dr. Lynch’s commitment to person centered therapy approaches stem from his personal and professional belief in respecting everyone he encounters, and fashioning remedies that meet the patient where he or she is, rather than insisting the patient fit a preconceived approach. His patient first approach is the key to all care he provides.
He is the father of three adult children, and the grandfather of two boys.