1604 Se 3 Rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641 (352) 548-1800
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David Forest

1604 Se 3 Rd Ave

Gainesville, FL 32641
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3525481800

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"FP" (Reviewer)

Rating:
I was wrong

May I revise my former assessment? I have begun to see David's actions in a far more sympathetic light. For a very long time, I assumed that the reason David cut me off so harshly was because he was angry at me for monopolizing the group's time; for this, I couldn't forgive him. Only now, with the clarity of almost four years hindsight, can I see that he more likely cut me off because he was trying to direct my attention to what actually mattered.

The question was, "How have chemicals placed your life in danger?" and I chose to tell a long story about how I ruined a date. I explained how I went on a date with a guy I was really excited about which I ended up ruining by getting too drunk. The guy ended up cancelling our second date supposedly because he "didn't want to go out that night" and I ended up running into him at a bar downtown (my voice literally cracked as I told this part). Then, after I successfully played it cool upon leaving the bar, I ran out into the street and was almost hit by an SUV. At this point, David harshly interrupted me in a very angry voice, and said, "Okay, you can just say, 'I ran into the street and was almost hit by an SUV.'"

I thought David was angry at me for being too long-winded, but now I think he was trying to get me to focus on what actually mattered in the story. And the truth is, he was absolutely right. That guy was a total loser who I had absolutely no business dating in the first place, and the truth is, if we had continued dating, I would have lived to really really regret it. I should have been thankful that I got to see that night the truth of who that guy is (a liar), but instead, I got obsessed with him for several months after that, because I have severe OCD and it tends to blind me as to what really matters (same reason I've been obsessing over David's treatment of me in group therapy for so long).

David was prodding me to break through my OCD thought patterns and focus on what actually matters- that I nearly killed myself when I ran out into the street. In fact, David was placing a higher value on me than I was capable of placing on myself.

I guess this is what "denial" is all about, and I suppose this is why "confrontation tactics" emerged in substance abuse treatment...

I regret my posts below, and I have asked the site managers to remove them, but they have not yet.

9-12-17 | 12:22 AM

FP

May I revise my revision? In fact, David's words were, "Okay, [my name], that was ONE. You can just say, 'I ran into the street and was almost hit by an SUV.' Less detail."

So honestly, I don't know if he was scolding me for (A) not showing enough self esteem by explaining the ruined date that didn't matter, or for (B) monopolizing by getting off track, or (C) if he just didn't listen to the story.

10-02-17 | 01:07 PM

"FP" (Reviewer)

Rating:
To be specific...

David's treatment of me when I presented my first step - a highly confessional assignment in which I was offloading some very heavy stories which I had literally never shared with anyone before and sadly rambling and babbling and having a very hard time choking out what I was trying to say - was a masterclass in incompetent therapy compounded many times over by his refusal to admit he had made a mistake.

It began with David bizarrely opting for a harsh confrontation tactic instead of a gentle supportive suggestion as his approach to encouraging me to be more concise. Because he sounded so angry at me, this caused me to feel deeply ashamed and believe that my disclosures had been horribly inappropriate. I consequently collapsed and rushed through the rest of the assignment, giving half-hearted answers to everything. Then, David failed to even acknowledge that he had clearly devastated me and rendered me incapable of completing the assignment. Then, when the other therapist in the room frowned at him and made it clear that he had hurt me and said that I really needed to do the assignment again, David merely nodded and said “With her sponsor” without acknowledging responsibility, again implying that I was to blame, not him. Then, when a patient challenged David more directly on how he had treated me, David viciously lashed out at the patient - and because the patient was sitting right next to me and because he was standing up for me, it felt like David was lashing out at *me* compounding my feeling that I had done something totally inappropriate. Then, when I started to cry, David cited that triumphantly as evidence that he had helped me get in touch with my feelings. All this while I was one of three women in a room filled with about twenty men so I was scared as hell and in even more need of emotional support in that vulnerable frightening moment. Far from helping me, he traumatized me; therapy doesn't get much more botched than that. Over three years later, I still think about this episode every single day, in deep pain. And the sad thing is that all David had to do was just sit quietly and listen to me – sorry, not a tough job! I could do his job with my eyes closed.

2-01-17 | 07:45 AM

FP

P.S. By “David viciously lashed out at the patient,” I mean, the patient said to both therapists, emphatically but in a moderate tone of voice, “I think y’all are being too hard on her. It’s her first time doing a first step!” and then he turned to David and said, “Yeah, and I don’t like that you cut her off like that!” Clearly caught off-guard, David first responded, half-jokingly, “Why do you feel like you need to rescue her?” (In fact, the patient’s instincts were dead on; in that moment, I desperately needed someone to rescue me, as anyone would who was knocked at her most vulnerable moment.) And then David lashed out at the patient with viper-like suddenness, in a very loud and enraged voice, “Oh, you say, ‘I’m not going to *talk* today’! [Because the patient had earlier said he wouldn’t speak that day since it was his first day in treatment.] I know her a lot better than you do! You need to listen.” Of course, David’s incredibly aggressive response immediately shut the patient down. This is evidently David’s advanced therapeutic strategy: lash out like a two-year-old when someone calls you on being disrespectful/cruel to get your patients walking on eggshells so they’ll never challenge you. Good work.

And the sad thing is that David’s a professional, but he evidently doesn’t understand what should be Therapy 101, that after very heavy disclosures, patients need the authority figure (the therapist) to be gentle and soft, not aggressively confrontational and certainly not enraged. It was awful to open myself up like that, to tell these very raw stories about my past in active addiction, to a group of almost exclusively men no less, and then receive that sort of vicious response, and not just from a fellow patient, but from precisely the person whose job it was to protect me. I have literally been in multiple rounds of therapy trying to work through this awful experience. I cannot recommend David as a therapist.

4-03-17 | 01:15 PM

"FP" (Reviewer)

Rating:
To be fair...

In David's defense, I feel I should add to my above review that he did have many gifts as a therapist. In particular, his lectures on finding inner peace were lovely. And I know of at least one addict who told me David really helped him in a meaningful way. I was just personally so deeply wounded by his tactics of confrontation that I sometimes forget his strong points in retrospect.

12-29-16 | 08:29 PM

"FP" (Reviewer)

Rating:
Harmful therapist

While ample research shows that effective substance abuse therapists are highly sensitive and empathetic, David subscribes to an outdated school of thought in substance abuse therapy which holds that the counselor can help the addict by publicly humiliating him/her, and he is very talented at doing that. He will ‘call you out’ for what he deems your character defects in front of everyone, in an abrupt and rude manner. If someone comes to your defense, he will viciously lash out at that person for challenging him, as he evidently lacks self confidence and emotional control. He left me with enduring emotional scars.

12-29-16 | 12:43 PM

FP

In David's defense, I feel I should add to my above review that he did have many gifts as a therapist. In particular, his lectures on finding inner peace were lovely. And I know of at least one addict who told me David really helped him in a meaningful way. I was just personally so deeply wounded by his tactics of confrontation that I sometimes forget his strong points in retrospect.

12-29-16 | 07:49 PM

FP

In David's defense, I feel I should add to my above review that he did have many gifts as a therapist. In particular, his lectures on finding inner peace were lovely. And I know of at least one addict who told me David really helped him in a meaningful way. I was just personally so deeply wounded by his tactics of confrontation that I sometimes forget his strong points in retrospect.

12-29-16 | 07:56 PM