17DFF David Fatzinger, Ed.D.

Licensed Psychologist


"Counseling is a process that can be complicated but basically it involves the client and the counselor developing a relationship of trust and understanding. If that type of relationship can be established, the counselor needs to be able to offer sound advice that is relevant to the situation and be able to teach skills that help the client improve his/her life. Life can throw many things at us and each stage of life presents it’s own unique challenges. In the forty-five years of professional experience, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a wide range of counseling skills. In the nearly seventy years of life, I’ve had my own challenges, joys and sorrows. Everyone has their own life story and I will try my best to understand yours. I believe I can apply my personal and professional lessons to help my clients meet whatever challenges they choose to share with me in counseling. It’s an honor with great responsibility to work in this field. I take that responsibility seriously but try hard to maintain a sense of humor and joy while in my own personal and professional life.”


Special Interests

Depression, Anxiety disorders, Marriage, Divorce and post-divorce counseling and mediation, Dialectic behavior therapy skills training, PTSD, Trauma, New ways for families (skills for effectively dealing with high conflict divorce)


• Therapist, Child & Family Psychological Services, 2017-Present
• Therapist, Gallagher & Associates, 1986-2017
• VanBuren Mental Health Youth & Family Services
• Michigan Department of Community Health
• Bronson Vicksburg Rehabilitation Unit
• VanBuren/Cass District Health Department


• Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University, 1984
• Special Program for Alcohol & Drug Addiction, Western Michigan University, 1975
• M.A., Counseling & Personnel, Western Michigan University, 1974
• B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University, 1971