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David Pfaff

Faculty, Texas Tech University HSC

Psychotherapist, Private Practice


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Fulltime faculty member at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center within the graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Prior teaching appointments at Seton Hall University, Oklahoma City University, and University of Central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma licensed Psychotherapist and Director of Corporate Partnerships at W Collective. Extensive clinical experience providing therapy and supervision within mental health agencies, community mental health centers, and inpatient hospitals since entering the profession in 2013. 

Advocate for mental wellness, having been a guest on podcasts, article interviews, lecture spots, and discussion panels both locally and nationally.  Member of the American Counseling Association and Oklahoma Counseling Association.



December 2020

Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Cumberlands

  • Major: Counselor Education & Supervision

  • CACREP accredited

  • Graduated Chi Sigma Iota

  • Dissertation topic - “A quantitative study: The indirect effects of implicit bias on the relationship between participant social group affiliation and emotional experiences.”


May 2014

Master of Education, Oklahoma City University

  • Major: Applied Behavioral Studies/Licensed Counseling

  • Graduated High Honors & Phi Kappa Phi

  • Capstone research- The social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology of membership in Caucasian hate groups.


May 2003

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oklahoma

  • Major: Anthropology, Minor: Psychology

  • Area of focus and capstone research in Cultural Anthropology


December 2015 – Present

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) OK #5943, Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health


April 2018 – Present

  • Board Approved LPC Supervisor, Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health


Fall 2022 – Present

Core Faculty, Texas Tech University HSC

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

  • Providing student advising

  • Member of multiple course curriculum committees

  • Teaching courses asynchronously and synchronously:

    • Introduction to Counseling & Ethical Development, fall 2022

    • Multicultural Counseling, fall 2022

    • Counseling Internship, fall 2022

Spring 2021 – Summer 2022

Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University

Professional & School Counseling program

  • Writing standardized curriculum for Multicultural Counseling and Psychology

  • Teaching courses asynchronously:

    • Counseling Theories, spring & summer 2021, 2022

    • Counseling Practicum, summer 2021, 2022

    • Counseling Internship, fall 2021, spring 2022

    • Independent Study, fall 2021

    • Multicultural Counseling and Psychology, fall 2022


Spring 2017 – Summer 2022

Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma City University

Applied Behavioral Studies/LPC

  • 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Professor of the Year

  • Teaching courses in-person and synchronously:

    • Advanced Counseling Techniques, fall 2017 & 2020

    • Behavior Pathology, spring 2019, 2020, 2021

    • Career Counseling, summer 2017, 2020

    • Counseling Practicum & Internship, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022

    • Group Counseling, summer 2019, 2020, & 2021

    • Marriage and Family Counseling, fall 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

    • Sociocultural Foundations, spring 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022


Fall 2019

Adjunct Professor, University of Central Oklahoma

Undergraduate Psychology program

  • Courses taught in-person:

    • Introduction to Psychology, fall 2019


Fall 2017

Teaching Assistant, Southern Nazarene University

Licensed Professional Counseling Program

  • Course taught in-person:

    • Professional Orientation and Ethics, fall 2017


Summer 2017

Teaching Assistant, University of the Cumberlands

Licensed Professional Counseling Program; Online

  • Course taught synchronously

    • Theories and Techniques in Treating Addictions, summer 2017


November 2020 – Present

Therapist & Sole Proprietor

David Pfaff Counseling, LLC

  • Owner and sole proprietor of David Pfaff Counseling, LLC, providing outpatient mental health therapy to the public and licensure supervision to LPC candidates.Primary theoretical approaches include Acceptance and Commitment, Emotion-Focused, and Solution Focused Brief therapies.Areas of focus: emotional regulation, trauma, grief, relationships, attachment, suicidality, self-harm, diversity, inclusion, identity, gender, and substance use.


August 2017 – January 2021

Therapist, Center for Counseling & Well-Being

University of Central Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma licensed outpatient mental health therapist providing treatment to university students within a university center for counseling and wellbeing. Services include intakes, assessment, individual and group therapies, and case management. Also provided outreach through advocacy, training, and guest lecturing.


June 2014 – August 2017

Clinical Coordinator Children’s Crisis Unit & Therapist

Red Rock Behavioral Health Services

  • Directing the day-to-day clinical operations of the Children’s Crisis Unit, an inpatient mental health facility for youth and adolescents experiencing acute mental health crisis. Also, served as a licensed and nationally certified outpatient mental health therapist providing treatment to youth and adults within a community mental health setting.



  • In Progress (2023): Author, book chapter on the Transtheoretical Model Stages of Change.  Edited book by Bill Owenby, ABD, DCMHS, MC, LPC-S

  • In Progress (2023): Author, book chapter on Insight Therapy.  Edited book by Bill Owenby, ABD, DCMHS, MC, LPC-S

  • In Progress (2023): Author, book chapter on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.  Edited book by Bill Owenby, ABD, DCMHS, MC, LPC-S










  • December 2020: PhD Dissertation Study, A Quantitative Study: The Indirect Effects of Implicit Bias on the Relationship Between Participant Social-Group Affiliation and Emotional Experiences. Link


  • May 2017: Publication reviewer and contributor (acknowledged).  Constructive Theories and Therapies, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy in Context and Practice (3rd ed.), by Rita and John Sommers-Flanagan



  • ​November 2022: Author and Speaker, Principles of Family and Relationship Therapy workshop for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at Oklahoma City University.​

  • March 2022: Consultant and subject matter expert.  Psychological support for Ukraine, virtual

  • March 2022: Book proposal review Roman and Littlefield for the text: Modern Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy


  • August 2021: Preceptor for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program, Oklahoma City University.

  • June 2021: Speaker and subject matter expert. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • January 2020: Speaker and subject matter expert.  U.S. Social Security Administration, Oklahoma City, OK.  Topic: Self-care and stress management during the pandemic

  • October 2020: Speaker, World Mental Health Day.  Root Insurance Company, national meeting, Atlanta, GA.  Topic: Mental wellness and stigma in the workplace

  • April 2016: Discussion panel member and subject matter expert.  OKC Civic Center production of ‘night, Mother.  Suicidality and mental health crisis prevention.

  • May 2015 – January 2017: Facilitator for Strengthening Families Program.  Red Rock Behavioral Health & Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  

  • February 2016 & February 2014: Professional conference presenter.  Oklahoma Counseling Association Mid-Winter Conference.  Examined research on the intensifying concern of Caucasian hate groups within the US using a multidisciplinary approach framed through Sternberg’s triangulation of hate theory.



2021 Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Center for Excellence in Learning and Education, Oklahoma City University


2012 & 2013 Innovation Award

  • University of Oklahoma Outreach



  • American Counseling Association


  • Oklahoma Counseling Association


  • Oklahoma Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development


  • Chi Sigma Iota National Honors Society, Counseling Academics & Professionals.


  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society



Dr. David Pfaff, PhD, LPC​

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