David Crouthers, LCSW
I strive to develop a rapport with clients that will allow the client to make progress on the goals that we’ve established in our sessions. Being empathetic, compassionate, and truly listening to clients, I work to build a trusting relationship. Clients and I collaborate to create a plan for counseling and develop strategies to overcoming unique challenges. Clients find that I mix humor, solution-focused techniques, and motivation-building strategies to make progress towards their goals. I am experienced in a variety of counseling techniques, but I draw most heavily on Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused Strategies as well as Motivational Interviewing techniques.
Currently, I work both in private practice and as a school social worker at a local high-school. In the office setting, I offer counseling to clients with a variety of challenges and barriers to living a happy, fulfilled life. As a school social worker, I provide crisis intervention; anger management and self-regulation classes; and brief counseling for students and their families.
Prior to working for a school district, I was an academic advisor at SIUE in the Athletics department. During my time with SIUE, I worked with student-athletes and coaches to develop academic plans as well as provide and organize support services to help student-athletes meet the challenges of balancing academics, athletics, and life.
After SIUE I spent 2 years as an Area Director for Special Olympics Illinois. Following a passion to help individuals with disabilities that was inspired by my wife, I oversaw all Special Olympics Illinois related activities in a 6 county area in Southwestern Illinois.
I attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master in Sports Management and a Master in Social Work. I was honored by receiving the MSW Graduate Student of the Year award from the Department of Social Work. I was a former student-athlete at SIUE playing baseball for 3 years prior to being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001.
Areas of Focus
Adolescents / Pre-teens
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Self-Esteem / Confidence
Self-Harm / Mutilation
Outpatient counseling in private practice setting with adolescent and adult individuals as well as families.
School social worker providing crisis intervention, anger management and self-regulation classes, and brief counseling.
College guidance counselor developing academic plans and organizing support services.
Education and Credentials
L.C.S.W. in Illinois (What's This?)
M.S.W. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
M.S. in Sports Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville