David L. Epstein, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

David L. Epstein, Psy.D.Dr. Epstein has been practicing clinical psychology since he was licensed in 2009. He specializes in individual psychotherapy with older adolescents and adults who present with a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, identity issues, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Epstein conducts psychological evaluations of children, adolescents and adults for the assessment of emotional problems, ADHD, intellectual disability, and thought disorder and psychosis.

Dr. Epstein also consults with the Prince George Department of Social Services and the Petersburg Department of Social Services, where he conducts psychological evaluations of parents whose children have been placed in foster care. In addition, Dr. Epstein holds a full time position at Central State Hospital where he has worked for the past seven years in the maximum security forensic unit.

Dr. Epstein completed his undergraduate education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated with a degree in History in 1991. He graduated with a master’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2002. Dr. Epstein earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His training at NSU included a concentration in Psychodynamic Psychology and two years of clinical practicum experience in the Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinic at the NSU Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Epstein completed his internship at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT and his postdoctoral residency at the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board.

Dr. Epstein practices psychotherapy from a psychoanalytic perspective; his clinical approach is also informed by mindfulness practices. Dr. Epstein views the therapeutic relationship as an integral feature of healing and increased insight and understanding that develops over the course of psychotherapy. As such, he emphasizes an empathic approach that incorporates respect, patience and thoughtfulness in working with the unique set of difficulties individuals bring to psychotherapy.

Dr. Epstein is a clinical member of the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society and a member of the Virginia Psychological Association.

Specialties

  • Individual psychotherapy with older adolescents and adults who present with problems including anxiety, depression, identity issues, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and personality disorders
  • Pschological evaluations of children, adolescents and adults
  • A psychoanalytic approach informed by mindfulness practices