For more than 25 years, David C. Wiesner, Ph.D. has been working with individuals (ages 13+), couples and families who are looking for assistance with a nurturing environment and safe space during their journey to their best self.
Dr. Wiesner has been with Emmaus since 2018 and works with clients ages 13+, adults, couples, and families via Virtual Therapy. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Washington and holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Areas of Focus
- Adjustment disorders
- ADHD/ADD, school problems and learning disorders.
- Life Transitions
- Learning Disabilities
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Childhood behavioral problems)
- Parenting and blended families.
- Relationship Issues
- Self Worth & Self Esteem
- Stress Management
Common areas of concern include: compliance with parents or teachers, emotional regulation (melt downs or temper tantrums); coping with difficult situations; self esteem; reducing anxiety symptoms; Cognitive-Behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders like OCD, Panic Disorder, or Phobias, depressive symptoms, underachievement in school, learning to cope with stress.
When seeking individual services, help begins with a clinical interview designed to better understand you and the struggles you are facing. Typically at the end of this interview process a collaborative plan is developed by you and Dr. Wiesner specifying the goals of treatment, how often we will meet, and how and what will be done to accomplish those goals. Common Individual counseling areas of concern include: to have improved relationships with others; to have fewer or less severe depressive symptoms; to learn to better cope with my medical condition; improve emotional regulation; coping with difficult situations; self esteem; and reducing anxiety symptoms; Cognitive-Behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders like OCD, Panic Disorder, or Phobias, depressive symptoms, learning to cope with stress.
Couples counseling is designed to improve the relationship of the couple. It is not to treat anxiety, depression, or some other psychological disorder. Dr. Wiesner will always be working with both members of the couple. Common Couples counseling areas of concern include; improving communications, being emotionally supportive, dealing with differences, how to effectively argue.
- Jolly, J., Wherry, J., Wiesner, D.C., Reed, D., Rule, C., & Jolly, J.M. (1995). The Mediating Role of Anxiety in Self-Reported Somatic Complaints of Depressed Adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
- Jolly, J., Wiesner, D.C., Wherry, J., Jolly, J.M., & Dykman, R. (1994). Gender and the Comparison of Self and Observer Ratings of Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 33:9, 1264-1288.
- Jolly, J., Wiesner, D.C. (1996). Psychometric Properties of the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 20:5, 481-496.
Honors & Appointments
- U.S. President George H. W. Bush, We Can, We Care Award, 1989.
- Former Assistant Professor/Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
- Southern Christian Home Humanitarian Award, 1993.
- Washington State Psychological Association Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.
- Washington State Psychological Association Board of Trustees Member.
- Former North Carolina Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.
- Former President, North Carolina Psychological Association.
- North Carolina Psychological Association, Presidential Awards (3), Sally Cameron Award 2011, Mary Clarke Award 2018.
- American Psychological Association, Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award, 2011.
- American Psychological Association Division 31, Outstanding Psychologist Award, 2015.
- American Psychological Association Practice Organization, Federal Advocacy Coordinator of the Year, 2016.
- Wiesner, D.C., Rhodes, R.S. (1981). Outcome Evaluation in a Rural Community Mental Health Center. Presented at the Kentucky Psychological Association Meeting, April, Lexington, KY.
- Wiesner, D.C., Hollandsworth, J. Jr. (1984). Validity of the 24-hour Dietary Recall in a Hospitalized Geriatric Population. Doctoral dissertation and presented at the Mississippi Psychological Association Meeting, October, Biloxi, MS.
- Jolly, J., Wherry, J., Wiesner, D.C., Livingston, R & Jolly J.M. (1993). The Relative Contribution of Anxiety and Depression to Adolescent Somatic Complaints. Presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, October, San Antonio, TX.
- Jolly, J., Wiesner, D.C., McCray, D., Paal, N., Rule, C., & Jolly, J.M. (1994). Discrimination of Anxiety and Depression. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. May, Philadelphia, PA.
- Jolly, J., Dyck, M., Kramer, T., Wherry, J., Jolly, J.M., & Wiesner, D.C. (1994). Sociotrophy and Autonomy, Positive and Negative Affect, and Depression Subtypes. Presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
- Jolly, J., Wiesner, D.C., Paal, N., Rule, C., & Jolly, J.M. (1994) Assessment of Positive and Anxious Cognitions in Adolescents. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. November, San Diego, CA.
- Jolly, J., Wiesner, D.C., Rule, C., Jolly J.M., & Coursey, l. (1994). Differentiating the Cognitive-Affective Structure of Anxiety and Depression: Theoretical and Clinical implications of Current Research. Symposium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, November, San Diego, CA.
- Wiesner, D.C. (1997). Legislative Update. Presented at the Spring Conference of the North Carolina Psychological Association, Atlantic Beach, NC.
- Wiesner, D.C. (1998). State and Federal Legislative Update. Presented at the Spring Conference of the North Carolina Psychological Association, May, Asheville, NC.
- McKay, C.J., White, D., Cameron, S., Wiesner, D.C., Eisman, E., D’Angelo, E., & LeBoeuf, J. (2004). Handling Other People’s Money: Financial Management for SPTA’s. Plenary session presentation of the American Psychological Association’s State Leadership Conference, March, Washington, D.C.
- Wiesner, D.C. (2015). Special Workshop: Becoming a Better Legislative Advocate for Your Profession. Presented at the Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health. Boone, NC.