This episode discusses practicing telehealth across multiple U.S. states. David built his practice to be mobile, working remotely from anywhere, as long as he follows local laws. The COVID pandemic opened up possibilities for how therapists can live and practice post-COVID. He left his clinic job when required to return to full-time in-person work and started his own private practice which is booming!
Amazingly, (to me anyway) The Traveling Therapist Podcast was an inspiration for designing his mobile therapy practice. David plans to work from Tulum, Mexico over New Year's to gain experience practicing telehealth abroad.
About David Smith:
David Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist. He is also a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Family Trauma Professional. He specialize in working with people and families who have experienced trauma, abuse, divorce, neurodiversity, and other complex life challenges.
Much of his professional experience has been as a school-based therapist in elementary schools.
David is passionate about spending time in nature, especially sailing, scuba diving, and outdoor photography. He traveled to 47 of the 50 US states and 17 other countries on 4 continents. These days he spend a lot of time in Mexico and other parts of Latin America with his wife, who is also a psychotherapist, born and licensed in Peru. Both of them serve clients purely via telehealth, which makes travel much more feasible.
He love to write and have several books in progress – a guide for parents and teachers of children with trauma, another to help healers and caregivers deal with burnout, and just for fun, a historical novel set in 8th-century Constantinople. He is constantly learning and am usually in the middle of some new training program on an aspect of therapy and healing that I find interesting.
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