Goodman Mental Health

About Me

David J. Goodman, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Guide For Life

Get To Know Me

A Little Bit About Myself

I grew up in a suburb just outside Chicago. In 1996, my wife and I moved 90 miles north to Milwaukee, where we raised our two children. Recently, we all came to Florida in 2019.

My Mission & Approach

My approach emphasizes the impact that thinking has on one's feelings and behaviors. I help those I work with modify everyday thoughts in order to positively influence emotions and, ultimately, behavior. I also use psychological methods designed to reduce emotional reactivity, anxiety, and mood swings.

I’ve Been Helping Create Positive Changes In People's Lives For Over 25 Years.

Areas Of Specialty

Individual Psychotherapy

I will help you understand your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and decision making and I'll work with you to develop effective strategies for managing stress, emotions, and relationships.

Relationship Counseling

My guidance assists you and your partner understand and express your needs. The focus is problem resolution strategies so that you and your partner become healthier and able to withstand stress and crisis.

Psychological Testing

I use assessments that measure your emotional, behavioral, and adaptive functioning, including, but not limited to self-esteem, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change and transition, motivation and wellness.

Navigating Changes

One of the biggest challenges people face involves ending something and starting from scratch -- like a job or an intimate relationship. Letting go can be difficult, and starting all over again can be very stressful.

life balance

Together we will seek balance between your personal and professional activities, so that you can enjoy both and be 100% present in each area.

Wellness Coaching

As your coach I will motivate you to adopt healthy habits on a daily basis and attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you're thriving!

Professional Background


Since 1992, I have worked in many different settings in which I have helped people with a vast array of mental health and life adjustment problems as well as served the needs of nearly every age group from a variety of socio-cultural-economic backgrounds.

  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinics
  • Bariatric Surgery Center
  • Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Sub-Acute Medical Rehabilitation Facilities 
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Hospital Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Floor
  • Florida and Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Hospital Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Floors

Education and Specialized Skills

I earned a PhD from Loyola University of Chicago in 1994 and a masters degree from Indiana University in 1989. I was a certfied school psychologist in Illinois from 1992 – 1994. Between 1996 and 2004 I was an executive director of a youth development program in Milwaukee,   and I practiced as a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin from 2006 to 2019. Presently, I am a licensed psychologist in Florida. 

Ready for Your Journey To Self Discovery?

Recovering from mental illness or a difficult life circumstance includes not only getting better, but achieving a full and satisfying life. Many people affirm that their journey to recovery has not been a straight, steady road but were filled with ups and downs, new discoveries and setbacks. Over time, it is possible to look back and see, despite the halting progress and discouragements, how far they have really come. Each time they reach such a milestone, they see that they have recovered a piece of their lives from which they draw new strength. The journey to full recovery takes time, but positive changes can happen all along the way. — from “Recovery is a Journey” in Mental Health America