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.


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).


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
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

Anna Ord, Psy.D.

M.S. in Psychology Program Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4673 annashi@regent.edu
Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Director

Assistant Professor

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


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

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

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Director


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


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

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


Mandy Baraka
Ashley Bauman
Andreas Bienert
Evelyn Biles, Ph.D.
Gary Collins, Ph.D.
Michelle Colon
Joe DeLong
LaShauna Dean
Carissa Dwiwardani, Ph.D.
Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.
Michael Franks, Ph.D.
Crista Gambrell
Susan George
Beth Gerhard-Burnham
Todd Grande, Ph.D.
Penny Hamblin
Kristel Headley
Emily Hervey, Psy.D.
Kurtis Hooks
Jonathan Hoover
Teri Hourihan
Judith L. Johnson, Ph.D.
David Jones, Ed.D.
Kristen Kansiewicz
Brenda Keck
John Kennedy, Ph.D.
Robert Kuschel
Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D.
Jennifer Linnekaste, Ph.D.
Kimberly Lokeman, Ph.D.
Paul Loosemore
Jessica McCleese, Ph.D.
Jennifer McCurrach
Elena McSwain, Psy.D.
Dixie Meyer, Ph.D.
Raymond Nairn
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D.
Lynn Olson Page, Ph.D., ABPP
Annie Phillips, Ph.D.
Jeremy Ruckstaetter, Ph.D.
Mary Sanderfer, Ph.D.
Scott Sautter, Ph.D.
Corie Schoeneberg
Erynne H. Shatto, Ph.D.
Kaitlyn Stafford
Paul Stevenson
Katlin Ternes
Deanna Towns
Amanda Trent, Ph.D.
Lee Underwood, Psy.D.
Linda Vermooten
Jerry Vuncannon, Ph.D.
Jay Wiles
Latasha Williams
Melissa Windham, Ph.D.
Everett Worthington, Ph.D.
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.