David  Harrison

David Harrison

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Arlington practice (updated November 03, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Existential challenges
  • Adolescents
  • Life transitions
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

David Harrison is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, MA, specializing in depression, trauma, couples counseling, adolescent issues, and life transitions. David also sees individuals struggling with anxiety, existential questions, and personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder.

David received his Bachelors from Princeton University and worked in colleges and high schools with at-risk students before transitioning to social work. His training included outpatient and inpatient work at the VA in Bedford, MA. Since receiving his Masters in Social Work from Boston University, he has worked in private practice as well as at McLean Hospital.

David works with individuals age 16 and older, as well as with couples. In his sessions with his clients, he combines Psychodynamic Therapy with elements of existential therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Internal Family Systems therapy. David's interactive style is calm and candid, supportive and kind.

Message to clients

Good therapy requires the trust that comes from feeling respected and understood. My clients - many of whom have histories of childhood trauma and stubborn, treatment resistant depression - tell me that they appreciate my calm, kind, straightforward style. I listen, talk, interpret, untangle, drawing on my professional and life experience to address your individual needs and priorities. Therapy is serious but it doesn’t have to be grim. Together we will identify goals, overcome obstacles and help you make positive change.


Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Existential challenges - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Adolescents - Navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges throughout teenage years

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Personality disorders - Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

General expertise


David Harrison is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (50min)

Therapist's note

David can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Arlington practice

259 Massachusetts Avenue

2nd Floor

Arlington, MA 02474

  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2013 - Present

McLean Hospital, 2015 - 2017

Edith Nourse Rogers Hospital, 2012 - 2013

Boston University, MSW, 2013

Princeton University, BA, 1981


  • English

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