David Jacobs, Ph.D.
Licensed Senior Psychologist

Dr. Jacobs received his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago. His clinical background includes training in the Person Centered Approach with Carl Rogers, psychodynamic depth psychology, and developmental psychology. He has broad treatment experience over a 25 year period. He is an active scholar and has published numerous scientific papers in journals in psychology, psychoanalysis, and medicine. He serves as Associate Editor of two scholarly journals in psychology.

Since arriving at Practical Recovery in 2002, Dr. Jacobs’ work has focused primarily on treating self-harming over involvement with drug use and sexual activities. He sees such self-harming activities as attempts to cope with emotional injuries that the individual has been unable to heal. In general, Dr. Jacobs has found that over-reliance on drugs as a major coping strategy indicates that the individual’s experience in life has provided him/her little reason to trust other people and feel they can be safely turned to as a source of comfort. Reliance on solitary sexual activity can de facto be very much like reliance on drug use. Driven sexual activity with many partners suggests a bottomless need for affirmation—affirmation that was missing during formative periods of personality development. Treatment requires attention to self-harm in the present and the emotional foundations of desperate efforts to cope with past injuries. PSY10926.