David C. Olsen

PhD, Executive Director

David has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center since its inception in 1985. He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University at Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has done extensive post-graduate work in family therapy.

David is a certified marriage and family therapist (Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Diplomat in the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

David has authored several books including The Spiritual Work of Marriage (Routledge, 2008) andIntegrative Family Therapy (Augsburg Fortress, 1993), and co-authored The Couples Survival Workbook(Echo Point 2001, 2011), When Helping Starts to Hurt (W.W. Norton & Company, 1994), and A Chapter in Prevention: Avoiding Burnout in a Perilous Calling. He has also penned numerous journal articles and is a regular contributor to local media articles and features.

David presents workshops nationally on topics involving families and couples, and is an adjunct professor at Sage Graduate School, where he teaches couple therapy and sex therapy. His passion is working intensively with couples. He also provides consultations to congregations, family businesses, and other organizations.


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