David Elseroad

David24875David Elseroad, DMin, MDiv, LMFT, is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne, NY.  Dr. Elseroad is fluent in French and Spanish. His professional background includes work in multicultural ministries and experiences as pastor, hospital chaplain, missionary and   teacher.  He has a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion and the Post-graduate Center for Mental Health, Manhattan.  His Master of Divinity degree is from Concordia Seminary and he has completed graduate studies in International Relations. He is also a New York state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He counsels teens, individuals, couples, and families.


In His Own Words. . . .

Family and Personal Life:
My wife is from the Philippines and our family is comprised of a grown daughter and grown son, three grandchildren—the newest, youngest, our granddaughter Mochi, two years old this May—and my mother-in-law (who lives with us)—90 years young!
My church family is Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawthorne (Westchester), NY, where I serve as sole pastor. We try to keep up with friends and family here, in the Philippines and around the world via social media and the occasional, “old-fashioned” letter.
Hobbies and Interests:I enjoy reading, all kinds (fiction, nonfiction, periodicals; online articles in Pocket, Quora and others); world cinema; photography; home cooking (French and ethnic cuisines) and home karaoke; and I love to travel. And to keep fit: swimming; hiking/walking (jogging days are done) and tennis.

Favorite Quote:
This is a hard one for me, with all the quotes I like and cite. But I’ll go with St .Paul to the Philippians: “I can do all things through Him [Christ] who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). This affirmation speaks to me of abundant, holistic and fulfilling life—being all that one can be and doing all that one can realize because of the incredible “Yes!” of God to each one of us, being created in God’s image, embraced by God’s love and acceptance and indwelt by God’s empowering Spirit. We can see ourselves as worthy and capable; we dream and aspire, take risks and persevere with confidence and determination. We welcome the experiences of life in ways that benefit us and others. Sounds a lot what mental health counseling aims for…

Why I became a therapist:
I had been active in a helping profession—as a Christian pastor—for two decades; then a hospital chaplain and chaplain educator as well for fifteen years. I was intrigued by the human mind and psyche—as much as by the human soul; and saw the benefits in caring for another, of allying the contributions of psychology and the social sciences to the spiritual in a shared quest for wholeness and well-being. I wanted to help people in a fuller, more comprehensive way. And besides, I found mental health counseling so engrossing!

My Favorite Part of the Job:
I enjoy getting to know my clients—hearing and exploring their life story, and going “deeper” to delve into what makes them “tick,” what are the hopes and dreams as well as the needs and problems that stir within. I guess it’s meeting and knowing clients at this deeper level, and walking with them, accompanying them with some lasting impact on their journey. When I think of all the many persons I’ve been honored to help—each a unique individual with a life story and journey all their own!

My strengths and work as a counselor:

  • Building a strong therapeutic relationship of trust, empathy and mutuality.
  • My pastoral approach: care and sensitivity; bringing holistic/spiritual resources alongside—and within–the psychological.
  • An innate curiosity and the skill of active listening honed over the years.
  • Personable and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability and patience/perseverance to go “deep” into the underlying malaise of a presenting problem.
  • Theological and psychological acumen brought to bear on work with my clients.
  • Variety of therapeutic/counseling modalities and techniques.
  • Multi/trans-cultural personal and professional background; able to work with individuals of varying racial, ethnic/national and cultural horizons.
  • Fluency in French and Spanish, as well as English.

Mental Health Issues, Ages and Specialties I Treat:
I treat a variety of mental health concerns, especially anxiety, depression, trauma and mood disorders—as well as relationship and marital issues. I specialize in identity formation, meaning and purpose in life, social skills and relational development, and marital counseling. I counsel teens, adults, couples and families.I am trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, Discernment Counseling for Couples, Neuroscience for Anxiety Treatment and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). 

Here is Dr. Elseroad’s most recent article, ‘Finite Yet Infinite: For Whom the Bell Tolls’:https://www.lccny.org/1-covid19/for-whom-the-bell-tolls/

And Here’s Dr. Elseroad in a personal video:https://vimeo.com/457772616

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