David Zavasky, LPCC-S LICDC-CS

David Zavasky has worked as a professional clinical counselor in the mental health and substance use disorder fields since 2010 in a variety of functions. Specifically, he has been a clinician in community outpatient agencies and residential settings, providing mental health and substance use treatment to individuals ranging in age from 13 and above individually and in groups. Most recently, He served as the clinical director at a community mental health agency providing treatment to individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental health symptoms, complex trauma, and substance use disorders.

Dave has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He specializes in working with individuals struggling with self-esteem concerns, men’s issues, depression, anxiety, domestic violence concerns, trauma, and psychosis. Additionally, Dave has several years and extensive training in counselor supervision and education. He also enjoys helping new professionals grow their skills and competencies.

He has been a supporter of LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County and a resource to further their cause to promote mental health and substance use disorder treatment. His other accomplishments include serving on the Lake County Trauma Task Force and developing a Project Dawn program at Crossroads Health to combat opiate addiction.

Dave graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, specifically with concentrations in cultural diversity and criminology. He obtained his Master's degree in Community Counseling from University of Akron.



8224 Mentor Ave., Suite 208
Mentor, Ohio 44060




Teens and Opioids

We hear about it frequently. It’s on the evening news, online, and we hear it in conversation. America has an opioid crisis and we’ve had one for decades. It’s nothing new really and perhaps we are even desensitized to it, but opioids and overdoses remain an issue for both adults and teens. Youth drug deaths have quadrupled over the last 20 years mainly involving fentanyl which has grown 6x since 2016 (songforcharlie.org). Over 10 million pills containing fentanyl have been…

Self Care During Pregnancy

Becoming pregnant is a time of many mixed emotions that can range from excitement to anxiety. During the 10 months of time leading up to your child being born, it can be helpful to create a routine to take care of yourself and your growing baby bump. Below are some tips that can help you to feel as prepared as you can leading up to your child being born: It can be helpful during your pregnancy journey to set up…

“Be curious, not judgmental”

This is a line I most recently heard in the great show, “Ted Lasso“. It occurred when a bet was made with Ted assuming that he was a novice at shooting darts without asking to see if he had played before. Of course, he had been playing for years and ultimately won the bet. It reminded me of the significance of finding out why people do what they do, and why they have become who they became. It is a…

Social Media Addiction

Social media addiction is defined as an unhealthy dependence on interactive platforms such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram, snapchat and Tik Tok. It is often characterized by being overly concerned about social media driven by uncontrollable urge to on or to use social media and devoting so much time/effort that it interferes with other parts of your life. According to a Harvard study, self-disclosure on social media, “lights up” the same part of the brain that also ignites when someone engages…

All or Nothing Thinking and Various Other Popular Cognitive Distortions

I was trying to think of a blog subject to write about this time for my blog. As I contemplated this, I noticed almost everyone in my Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Group (IOP) was talking about their struggle to be perfect, or how they feel like failures if things are not exactly as they think they should be. I was hearing phrases like: All or nothing thinking, often called black and white thinking, can go hand in hand…

Emotion Regulation Skills

Click to watch this video.