David Palaia

Palaia Professional Counseling PC
58 Vine Street Suite 206
Mountain Brook, Alabama 35213
(205) 802-1855

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Consultation and Referral

David knows that taking the first step to make appointments for mental health services can sometimes be difficult. In order to make this easier, a phone consultation is offered at no financial risk for any services that David provides. If you are confused in the maze of options and are wondering who or what can best help, call David. If he can’t provide the help that you need, he is happy to direct you to providers to best suite your needs.


Psychotherapy is an intentional relationship with a trained and licensed professional to aid a client aimed at increasing the individual's sense of well being. Psychotherapy employs a range of techniques based on relationship building, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve mental health and quality of life through better self-understanding. This may involve healing past traumas or simply learning how to cope better in the present moment. This method of treatment has been proven effective in dealing with many forms of emotional or behavioral problems.

The fee for this service is $100 for a 50 minute session.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

This therapy is an empirically validated non-traditional form of psychotherapy created by Francine Shapiro almost 30 years ago. It is considered evidenced based treatment for trauma by the American Psychiatric Association Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, SAMHSA International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the World Health Organization EMDR can be used with a variety of presenting issues including PTSD, phobias, grief and others. EMDR international association.


For many the word “intervention” is frightening, so David is able to provide guidance for family members to assist loved ones who are in active addiction. This service includes providing education and support to family of the chemically dependent, particularly when someone does not appear to want help. David can assist in resolving the dilemma families are facing and give them options for treatment placement when this becomes necessary. This process ultimately begins the conversation that can lead to the end of active addiction and help restore relationships and heal the family.


David provides chemical use assessments for persons seeking to know if they are drug or alcohol dependent and what treatment options are available. Chemical use assessments are sometimes requested by outside sources such as the legal system or employers, but many other people simply want clear direction in a situation where there is often a great deal of confusion. The process includes a face-to-face interview lasting an hour and a half. Upon completion of the interview, David will provide an accurate diagnosis, appropriate referral information, and written reports if necessary. As with all services, the results of these assessments are strictly confidential.

David treats adults presenting with:

  • Addiction\Substance Abuse
  • Trauma\PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety\Fears
  • Grief\Loss
  • Codependency
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Personality Disorder
  • Impulse Control Problems
  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Self Harm
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Coaching
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Spirituality\Meaning

*** David has some availability for sliding scale services so please inquire if you believe you would qualify for these accommodations.

“Happiness is not found in having what you want but in wanting what you have.” – Confucius