Mr David Tomlinson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mr David Tomlinson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mr David Tomlinson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Personal Statement:

As a therapist with nearly 30 years of experience, I have learned that I do not know everything, and I certainly do not know my clients as well as they know themselves. I try to respect my clients as equal partners in finding solutions to the problems they believe are important.

I believe that everyone alive has problems of some kind, but the secret to self confidence is being very clear that we are not our problems, and our problems are not us. My approach encourages more "solution talk" in therapy, and less "problem talk" Nevertheless, most people want to have their problems heard and understood, so the basis of the therapeutic relationship is unconditional acceptance, empathy and compassion.

While I do work with children individually, I believe that involving the child's parents, step-parents or other caretakers, and sometimes the entire family is also very important. My approach to working with most adults utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Most recently I have incorporated mindfulness therapy techniques with both adults and children.

I believe that throughout therapy, therapists should discuss with clients where on the "path" of therapy they believe they are. I feel privileged to work with clients of all ages, and have no "upper limit" regarding age of clients I accept into my practice.


Mr. Tomlinson received his M.S.W. degree from the University of Michigan in 1979, with emphasis on Interpersonal Practice. For the next few years he specialized in working with abused and neglected children and their families, while receiving training and supervision in both Structural and Intergenerational Family Therapy.

Mr. Tomlinson came to the Philadelphia area in 1972 and completed course work toward a PhD in Clinical Social Work at Bryn Mawr College in 1984. Mr. Tomlinson continued to provide outpatient psychotherapy to children, adults and families in community mental health settings. He was the Senior Social Worker on the adolescent unit of a local hospital, where he treated adolescents with mental health, substance abuse and related disorders.

Mr. Tomlinson then pursued his interest in treating victims and co-victims of trauma. He became the Director of Counseling Services at the Families of Murder Victims Program in Philadelphia. He received further training in trauma psychotherapy, and specialized in the treatment of traumatized children and their families. He also taught graduate level courses in trauma at a local college. Mr. Tomlinson led and co-led trainings for other professionals locally and around the country in the treatment of traumatic loss and complicated bereavement.

In addition to working in private practice, Mr. Tomlinson has been the Clinical Director of community mental health outpatient programs for children, adults and families. His current clinical interests include Solution Focused Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and family therapy.

Within the past several years Mr. Tomlinson has integrated mindfulness based psychotherapy techniques with adults and children into his other practice approaches. He has an interest in addressing personal growth from both a psychological and broadly spiritual perspective.


Mr. Tomlinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and has been licensed since 2003. Prior to licensure in Pennsylvania, he was certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), and has been a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.