David Maddalena, MA, MDiv, LMFT  Services  About 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lic. #109063

All my life, I've paid close attention to the stories that matter to people. This has been true across many vocations—business and marketing writer, author, community leader, educator, artist. I've helped kids—who always seem to hate writing—to love the stories inside themselves so much that they can't wait to write their first book. As a collage artist, I've learned to look for the emergence of unexpected stories when previously unrelated parts come together. Sometimes the story is right there in front of me: the photograph on the front page of this site is from a long-running series of mine exploring the ways that beauty breaks through even when something good (like the Earth) seems overwhelmed by some opposite force (like concrete).

My work with people benefits from all of this creative activity—we all live within stories that give order to our lives. Sometimes, these stories take a turn. When this happens, will we fight to get things back to normal? Or, will we discover some new path that makes use of all we're learning in the moment? Each possibility has its place.

I earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in the early 90's, after which I served for many years in support of people within different faith communities, sometimes as a professional, sometimes while gigging in other industries. In 2012, I began my education as a therapist, earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Santa Clara University in 2016, and completed my training under supervision while providing low-and-no-income counseling on the campuses and in the communities of greater San Jose. I am licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California, and I follow the code of ethics of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (camft.org).

Perhaps most important, thirty years ago I married Anghelika in Athens, Greece, and the two of us raised a daughter and a son to adulthood here in California.


If you have questions, or would like to discuss any concern, email or call (650 648 3623).