Brief Biography of David Ashburner
Prior to entering the profession of counseling, I had a wide variety of experiences in my personal and professional life.
Early in my life, I suffered severe trauma when my face, torso, and upper arms were burned. I learned several important life lessons from this experience. I learned how to deal with adversity and gained an appreciation for the uniqueness of each person, and how the same event can impact people in different ways. I learned how fragile, and yet resilient, people are. I also learned that difficult circumstances and events happen in everyone’s life: what we do from there makes all the difference. Sometimes we can handle these issues on our own, and sometimes we need help.
In high school, I played several sports, sang in the school choir, did well in most classes, and struggled in others. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years and I know that marriage takes work: work from year one and every year after. We have two grown children, both married, and their growing up was basically smooth with some occasional curve balls.
One of my degrees is in pharmacy, and early in my career I owned and managed my own pharmacy. I later went to work for a pharmaceutical company where I held various positions: my last one as a national sales director for the sales of products to treat HIV. From owning my own pharmacy and being in the corporate world I know how to be successful, and the stress and problems that can come with it.
I started work on my MA degree in counseling during my last several years in the pharmaceutical industry. I knew I wanted to work closely with people and assist them in achieving their personal goals. Although I was doing this to quite an extent in my corporate life, I wanted to turn all of my focus toward helping others achieve their goals.
If you are wondering if I have ever found it beneficial to have counseling, the answer is YES! I have benefited from individual and couples counseling, and know the benefits that counseling can bring.
- Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Argosy University Dallas
- BS in Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
- BS in General Studies, Southeast Missouri State University
- Licensure and Certifications
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
- Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT)
- Certified Hope and Freedom Practitioner (CHFP)
- Memberships and Affiliations
- International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
- The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
I have studied with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost authority on sex and pornography addiction, and Dr. Milton Magness, author and pioneer in intensive therapy to treat sex addiction and trauma in partners of sex addicts. I have also studied with Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Stephanie Carnes, and Dr. Joe Kort, all authors and experts in sex addiction.