Dave Wofford, MA, LPC
Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.
H.H. Dalai Lama
I studied philosophy at UT Austin and completed my MA in Psychology and Counseling at Goddard College in Vermont. My master’s thesis explored the overlap and the tension between Buddhism and Western psychology.
My training in contemplative practice began in 1998 and includes formal practice in multiple traditions including Golden Shield Qigong, Centering Prayer, Anusara and Iyengar yoga, and Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. I have completed retreats in the U.S. and India, but the majority of my practice has been cultivated amidst the mundane pressures of modern life.
I am particularly interested in the applications and value of contemplative practice & mystical experience within the context of modern life - that is, for people who are balancing the extraordinary demands of work, family, relationships, and well being. I take living in the world to be a challenge equal to meditating in a Himalayan cave, and embrace that challenge gratefully.
I entered the field of secondary education in 2006, and until 2017 held various roles including teacher, advisor, dean and assistant director at the Headwaters School (previously the Khabele School), a private, non-profit college prep high school in the heart of downtown Austin. I taught humanities, wellness, and social-emotional programs. I was also privileged to co-lead backpacking expeditions throughout west Texas and the Sierra Nevadas.
I am a licensed LPC working in private practice since 2012. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals ranging in age from 12 to 65, and hailing from multiple ethnic, religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I am a husband and father of three, and my family spends our free time exploring local swimming holes, enjoying great food, writing absurd songs, and hiking in the greenbelt.