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David Terraso, LMSW

Meet Dave

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Call me: (404) 491-7751 Ext 5

**Welcoming new clients in our Decatur office!

I believe everyone has a story to tell. The way I see it, life is made of the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell others. Trauma, depression, anxiety, and substances can influence and interrupt our story, but if we are mindful about who we are and who we want to be, we can put those experiences in their proper place in time and influence. They can exist as something that we went through rather than something that defines us.


I believe everyone holds the power to be the person they want to be, no matter their past, no matter their present. My job as your therapist is to assist you in creating the present you want for yourself, so you can build the future you deserve. If you've experienced trauma, abuse, a life influenced by substances, or lived with someone who has, you are carrying an immense burden that can make you exhausted and weigh down everything you do. It's not your fault. AND, if you want to heal, there is a way forward. Whether you're seeking help by yourself or as a couple, let's work together to calm and release your body, mind, and spirit from the past, so you can live a full and bountiful life right now. My extensive training in EMDR enables me to help you heal from trauma or a lifetime of intrusive or unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Additionally, I am trained in DBT, Mindfulness-based practices, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and talk therapy, and use these practices to best meet your needs, all while building upon your strengths, so you can be the author of your own story. 


I work with adolescents and adults of all ages, genders, and sexualities in a safe, non-judgmental space. Using person-centered and evidenced-based approaches to counseling, I aim to help people who’ve been traumatized by events and experiences, as well as those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or recovering from abuse - whether it be from another person, substances, or alcohol. I approach all of my clients with empathy and compassion, so you can heal in a way that's rewarding to your individual nature. Everyone has the potential to be the person they want to be. Though trauma, depression, substances, and relationship issues can steer us off course, they don't define us.


I’d be honored to work with you as you examine and explore yourself and your surroundings in order to write your own story the way you want it to be.


Special Focus


Recovering from trauma and negative life-changing experiences; EMDR trained

Therapy for Men – growth, and development of self and relationships

Adult and Adolescent Counseling

Sexual Abuse Recovery

Substance and Alcohol Recovery

Relationship/Couples Therapy, Sexuality in Relationships


Client Focus


Adults and Adolescents



Groups (Current Groups: Teen DBT Skills Group, Processing Group for Men Who've

                  had an affair)



Licensed Master Social Worker

Georgia  -  MSW010956

*Clinical Supervisor: Patrick Bryant, LCSW

Master of Social Work - The University of Georgia

Athens, GA      


Master of Science in Journalism - Columbia University

New York, NY      

Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film – The University of Texas

Austin, TX        

Bachelor of Arts in Government – The University of Texas

Austin, TX    


Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma

Completed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship and Core Skills

Trained in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)



Professional Affiliations


American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)


International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)

Professional Acknowledgments:


MSW, Gwinnett Generalist Student of the Year, University of Georgia, 2021

Out-of-network with all Insurance Plans:

Some or all of the charges for my services may be covered by your insurance as out-of-network benefits, depending on your policy. Contact your insurance provider to better understand your coverage.


Reduced fee plans are limited to availability, and dependent upon income.

David Terraso
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