Dr. David Nylund has been a practicing therapist for 29 years. He has worked in a broad array of settings including community mental health, non-profit agencies, managed care, and private practice. David specializes in working with people struggling with anxiety and depression; LGBTQ identities; couples therapy; trauma and abuse; life transitions (grief and loss, divorce, career changes, etc.); children and teens struggling against problems; ADHD; youth and adults with eating/food related issues; substance abuse problems; parenting difficulties; and family therapy. Dr. Nylund has a particular interest and specialty in working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families. David is the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, a non-profit agency in Sacramento that serves transgender and LGBQ communities.
Dr. Nylund is also a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento. He conducts workshops for mental health professionals nationwide and internationally; he is a respected scholar in Narrative Therapy. Narrative Therapy is an exciting, growing body of work that offers generative ideas for effective clinical practice. It is a competency-based approach that highlights people abilities and skills. He has published many articles on Narrative Therapy and is the author of several books including Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD and the co-editor (with Craig Smith) of Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents. In addition to publishing various articles and book chapters on family therapy, Dr. Nylund presents his work throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.