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Meet David McDaniel, MSW, LCSW

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Life challenges can deplete your self-esteem and optimism, leaving you anxious and depressed. Sometimes things look fine from the outside, as you go on caring for others and meeting your responsibilities, but inside, you’re not okay. 


I get what it’s like to feel you don’t fit in. When depression, substance use, sexual orientation, 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.


I work with adults who are confronting anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use recovery, and LGBTQ+ concerns. I also focus on providing therapy for other therapists and those in helping professions who need to maintain their own mental health. You deserve to feel better, and to have a base of resilience to support you in your work and your life.


In our sessions, we’ll collaborate to help you through the challenging process of achieving change. You’re unique and your sessions should be unique, too. 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!


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.

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“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, and a Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CHAIMP). As both therapist and clinical supervisor at Bodhi Counseling I know the value in supporting fellow therapists in their day-to-day challenges and growth. 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!

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