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About Dave Decker, M.A.

David Decker, M.A., is a licensed psychologist who is currently in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he provides domestic abuse, anger management, and general mental health services in individual, couple, family, and group therapy.  His areas of expertise include anger regulation, men’s issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, shame and family of origin issues, domestic abuse, assertiveness, communication and couples issues, healthy relationships, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). 

Prior to his current practice, he worked for six years in a group private practice and for ten years at an out-patient community mental health center.  During his time in these locations, he served as director of these clinics’ domestic abuse programs and facilitated weekly batterers’ groups as well as providing follow-up individual, couple, family, and group therapy.  It was during this time that he developed and authored the men’s domestic violence treatment model described in Stopping The Violence: A Group Model To Change Men’s Abusive Attitudes and Behaviors, which was published by Haworth Press (New York) in 1999.  He leads domestic abuse groups at his current private practice using this long-term (45-60 session) treatment model and also offers a monthly aftercare support group for men who have completed the group program.  In addition, since the late 1980’s, he has taught five-session anger management classes for men and women several times a year throughout the Twin Cities area.  In all, he has worked with the issues of domestic abuse and anger management since 1984 and hosts a website called with a colleague, Michael Obsatz, PhD.

Besides what is listed above, David has held a variety of positions over the past 35 years, including serving as director of a residential adolescent chemical dependency program and director of a residential facility for adults with serious and persistent mental illness.  He has also provided therapy for clients through university and other community-based settings. 

David has authored a manual to accompany a video production entitled Holding Patterns: One Look At Violence In The Home,  developed by Perspectives Family Center. He has also developed and wirtten an anger management workbook entitled Embracing The Dark Side: Learning To Recognize and Handle the Emotions Within and Around You, based on excerpts and revisions from Stopping The Violence  and original materials developed by David since that time.  This workbook is used with both men and women in anger management classes of varying lengths, in individual and couple therapy, and in self-study.  In addition, he has also authored numerous articles on a variety of personal growth topics that have appeared in various newsletters and publications. 

In addition to his clinical work, David has designed and presented workshops, seminars, and training to community groups and professionals on topics such as domestic abuse, sexual harassment, stress management, anger regulation, healthy couple relationships, shame and empowerment, and assertiveness.  He has provided organizational consultation to non-profit and for-profit businesses focusing on developing and maintaining positive organizational dynamics, problem-solving, conflict resolution, team-building, and supervision issues.  He has frequently been interviewed by the local media on issues related to anger, road rage, and domestic violence and has also served as a consultant to organizations and individuals who are in the process of developing their own anger management and domestic abuse programs.

David is available for consultation, seminars, and workshops and can be reached at:

Richards Gordon Office Building
1619 Dayton Ave, Suite 321
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 646-HEAL (4325)
(651) 646-4325 (fax)
(612) 725-8402 (voice mail)

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