DAVID KIRBY, Psy.D. LP, is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in Los Angeles. He works with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. His areas of special interest are depression, shame, sexual abuse, anxiety, marital and family functioning, personality disturbances and the integration of faith issues and psychology. He has hung his shingle at Arden Woods now for twenty years and has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul for almost two decades. While Dr. Kirby believes in the importance of cognitive and neurobiological approaches to healing through therapy, he holds that the most powerful factor in the counseling room is the power of healthy Presence. Healthy Presence includes ingredients such as listening, empathy, compassion, predictability, celebration, comfort as well as healthy confrontation. Sometimes as individuals make their way through childhood and into adulthood, Presence can be much more of a detrimental commodity than a positive one such as when Presence is abusive or abandoning or neglectful. He also maintains that issues with Presence are at the root of most psychological disorders. Anxiety, depression, addictions, personality disorders, bipolar disorders and most other mental illnesses are directly related to how individuals experience and react to the Presence of parents, God, siblings, peers, and even their own selves.