Equitable, Ethical, Remarkable Care.

Dave Ursillo Jr. is a dedicated Mental Health Counseling graduate (May 2024) seeking a full-time clinical position in a client-centered, cross-culturally humble college or university setting.

David (Dave) R. Ursillo, Jr.

Mental health clinician, former life coach, lifelong writer, and occasional yogi with a passion for mental wellness.




Welcome. I’m Dave Ursillo.

With a proven track record of working in the service of others and their wellness, I’m passionate about helping college-aged young adults navigate a crucial period of development in their lives with unwavering compassion, humility, and dedication to the therapeutic alliance.

I’ve seen firsthand how emerging adults of today are at heightened risk of severe, persistent mental health struggles. I believe that accessible mental healthcare at this stage of life is critical to supporting a potential lifetime’s worth of health and wellness benefits.

As an expectant Mental Health Counseling Graduate (May 2024), I am seeking a full-time role as a Mental Health Counselor in a Connecticut-area college or university setting where wellness outcomes for clients and cross-culturally humble care are upheld as priorities.

Let me show you how much I can bring to your clinical setting as a service provider, colleague, and co-worker.

Theoretical Orientations

Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian)

Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Clinical Experience

Over the past academic year, I’ve excelled in all tasks, roles, and obligations as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern at Connecticut College—a robust, fast-paced, interdisciplinary setting that prioritizes identity-focused care for students.

Guided by attentive listening, empathic reflection, accurate summarizing, and strong communication skills, I have demonstrated strong proficiencies in case conceptualization, DSM-V-TR diagnosis, collaborative treatment, intake evaluation, risk assessment, documentation, client advocacy, delivering psychoeducation, facilitating individual and group therapies, and applying various theoretical orientations and techniques, all with a diverse array of clients.

Trained in a traditional medical model approach, my holistic studies in mental health at Salve Regina University have placed me in an advanced position to navigate all matters of ethical, legal, and client-centered approaches to wellness.

Previous Experiences

Before entering the field of mental health, I worked a variety of service-oriented professional roles as a small business owner and entrepreneur, including as a life coach, writing and story coach, workshop facilitator, speaker, professional writer, registered yoga teacher (RYT-200, YACEP), and copywriting marketer.

Throughout this time, I supported the personal growth, self-discovery, and wellness goals of more than 300 clients over thousands of dedicated hours of one-on-one work.

I also taught thousands of students in yoga classes, writing workshops, and destination retreats across four continents.

Since 2009, my narrative-based writing and storytelling have been read by hundreds of thousands of readers from over 160 countries.

Today, as a Mental Health Counselor, my supervisors and colleagues agree that these non-clinical experiences have supported rapid development and advanced proficiencies at a higher level of clinical ability than they would otherwise expect of first-time clinicians.

Combined with my empathetic and attentive disposition, commitment to lifelong learning, and eagerness to support emerging adults in their growth and development, I am a strong candidate to support the mission of your organization in the service of clients.

My Therapeutic Process

Evaluate & Untangle

Comprehensive, informed intake evaluation and assessment. Honor identity and culture. Explore goals and focus of treatment.

Co-Create Stability

Establish an equitable therapeutic alliance based in trust, openness, and empathic rapport. Co-create a client-guided sense of stability.

Develop in Wellness

Support the client’s unique personal and cultural values, burgeoning self-identity, and evolving senses of wholeness and wellness.

"Dave is an incredible listener and a highly skilled—and even magical—guide..."

Jhana Senxian
Former Coaching Client, via LinkedIn

"My only question is why did I wait so long to get [Dave's] help."

J.H. Edward
Former Coaching Client, via LinkedIn

"He was insightful and both a good interviewer and good listener, helping me see the evolution of my own story."

R. Holland
Former Coaching Client, via LinkedIn