Meet David McDaniel, MSW, LCSW




I get what it’s like to feel you don’t fit in. When depression, substance use, your gender identity and expression, your cultural identity, or any kind of trauma or adverse life experience leaves you feeling “outside” of communities and relationships, my office is a safe place where you’ll be seen and heard.

Therapy shouldn’t be a by-the-numbers experience. You’re unique and your sessions should be unique, too. I don't just sit in my chair and say, "Hmmm," and "How did that make you feel?" a lot. In our sessions, we’ll collaborate to help you through the challenging process of achieving change. 

I utilize a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, relational therapy, and motivational interviewing to help you rediscover personal strengths and foster supportive relationships with healthy boundaries.​I try to be authentic and down-to-earth, and believe humor can be both a gentle and powerful healing force. Come prepared to laugh a little!

Please don’t minimize your feelings by telling yourself, “Other people have it a lot worse than I do.” Your mental health is not a contest. Your life challenges may have zapped your self-esteem and optimism, leaving you anxious and depressed. It’s easy to get impatient and want big improvements in a small amount of time, but change is a gradual process.

It took time for unhealthy patterns and relationships to become normalized, and it will take time for us to replace them with healthy and empowering ideas and patterns. Through our therapeutic relationship we can rebuild your ability to cope when life challenges you, now and in the future.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers

I’m a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and my Master of Social Work degree comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. I’ve worked for an inpatient hospital, an opioid treatment clinic, and as a therapist in general practices specializing in anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use recovery, and LGBTQ+ support.

I’m a Central Illinois native and C-U townie, which means I can give you directions to places using landmarks, but not street names. I’m a patron of several YouTube “let’s play” channels, which allow me to both enjoy great games and ignore my inability to play them myself. Also, I probably have too many houseplants.

At Bodhi Counseling & Consulting we promote the values of diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice. Our therapists are LGBTQ+ affirming and always strive to maintain and grow our cultural competence.


Contact me today to schedule a free consultation or appointment!