Faculty

Bio

Dr. David Savinsky is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified substance abuse counselor. He received his B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College, his M.A. in Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University, and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University.


He vows that a guiding theme for his life is relationship, the positive aspects of being healed in his own relationships, and the immense power of how relationship heals others through therapy and counseling. As the educator Jon Kabat-Zinn says of mindfulness, "Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally," is an important aspect of relationship, which Savinsky strives to implement in his own practice. Savinsky has been in private practice in Virginia Beach since 2003, working as a psychotherapist with adolescents, adults, families, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and additional clinical symptomology. 


Savinsky believes that the challenge of being authentic in treatment is no better represented than by treating teenagers and families. His search for effective treatment led to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat teenagers and families. This approach has integrated well in how he understands relationships and how to develop peace by utilizing mindfulness.

Publications

Impellizzeri, J., Savinsky, D. M., King, J. & Leitch-Alford, L. (2017) (in press). Conceptual mapping task: An effective verification tool for qualitative counseling research. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.


Savinsky, D. M. (2016). Authoritative parenting. In John Carlson and Shannon Dermer (Ed.’s), Encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couple counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Savinsky, D. M. (2016). Parent-adolescent relations. In John Carlson and Shannon Dermer (Ed.’s), Encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couple counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Savinsky, D. M. (2012). Treatment of adolescent substance abuse and family cohesiveness using modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy. (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3528733).

Affiliations

2002 – Present American Counseling Association (ACA)
2007 – Present Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES)
2012 – Present American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT)
2012 – Present Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (SACES)
2007 – Present International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling
(IAAOC)
2014 – Present International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors (IAMFC)
2009 – Present Chi Sigma Iota – Alpha Omega Lambda Chapter
2012 – Present Virginia Counselors Association (VCA)

Meet Our Faculty

Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4292 cpage@regent.edu
Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.

Director of Marriage & Ministry Assessment Training & Empowerment (MMATE) Center

Professor

757.352.4296 jennrip@regent.edu
Anderson B. Rowan, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Director

Professor

757.352.4433 arowan@regent.edu
James N. Sells, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academics

Professor

757.352.4368 jsells@regent.edu
Jacqueline R. Smith, Ed.D.

Counseling Department Chair

Clinical Counseling Programs Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4499 jrsmith@regent.edu
Rachel Stephens, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Assistant Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4280 rachha5@regent.edu
Ingo Tophoven, Ph.D.

Counseling Ministries Department Chair

Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Programs Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4868 ingotop@regent.edu
Amy Trout, Psy.D.

M.A. in Human Services Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4349 atrout@regent.edu
Cyrus Williams, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4576 cwilliams2@regent.edu
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity

Professor

757.352.4829 markyar@regent.edu
Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity

Associate Professor

757.352.4700 ozaporozhets@regent.edu

Adjunct

Evelyn Biles, Ph.D.
Jill Brue, Ph.D.
Ashleigh Bruns, Ph.D.
Gary Collins, Ph.D.
Carissa Dwiwardani, Ph.D.
Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.
John Ferreira, Ph.D.
Michael Franks, Ph.D.
Todd Grande, Ph.D.
Ularisi Green, Ph.D.
Kim Harris
Kristel Headley
Emily Hervey, Psy.D.
Tracy Jackson, Ph.D.
George Jefferson, Ph.D.
David Jennings, Ph.D.
Margaret Jensen, Ph.D.
Gregg Jensen, Ph.D.
John Kennedy, Ph.D.
Patricia King
Shannon Kuschel
Robert Kuschel
Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D.
Kimberly Lokeman, Ph.D.
Lisa Mazzio, Psy.D.
Jessica McCleese, Ph.D.
Elena McSwain, Psy.D.
Tricia Mikolon, Ph.D.
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D.
Lynn Olson Page, Ph.D., ABPP
Kamala Palmer, Ph.D.
Jennifer Park Teppig
Agatha Parks-Savage, Ph.D.
Jeremy Ruckstaetter, Ph.D.
Mary Sanderfer, Ph.D.
Scott Sautter, Ph.D.
Renee Seay, Ph.D.
Erynne H. Shatto, Ph.D.
Tabitha Sierra, Psy.D.
Paul Stevenson
Gregory Stewart, Ph.D.
Amanda Trent, Ph.D.
Kristyn Troyer, Psy.D.
Jerry Vuncannon, Ph.D.
Joyce Wagner
Donald Walker, Ph.D.
Melissa Windham, Ph.D.
Sara Wood, Ph.D.
Everett Worthington, Ph.D.