C. David Maxey, M.A.
Psychologist Associate Resident
C. David Maxey, M.A. has had a wide variety of experience supporting the mental health needs of children and families in schools as well as office settings over the past 18 years. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi in 2000, he worked full-time managing the care of children at a community mental health center in the Mississippi Delta, and in 2002, he embarked on graduate training in clinical psychology with a concentration in children and families at Bowling Green State University, well-known for its accredited graduate program. David has served as President of the Board of the Oregon Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, which advances a contextual behavioral approach that emphasizes such processes as mindfulness and clarifying values to help children thrive. David is Co-Chair of Le Monde Immersion’s Equity and Inclusivity in Education committee, where he brings a wealth of experience and training in the intersection of mental health and diversity, especially as it relates to gender and sexual minorities, religious people, and people of color. More details about David’s training and experience are available in his curriculum vitæ.
David is now a Psychologist Associate Resident (Daniel J. Munoz, Ph.D., Psychologist, Supervisor) working as the Director of Student Support at Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School, where he provides psychological services to elementary and middle school students, works with teachers to implement interventions and classroom management strategies, facilitates the school’s coordination with Special Education providers, and organizes primary prevention programs.
David also has a private psychology practice, offering after-school and weekend appointments at his office conveniently located near I-5 in the Tigard Triangle area of Portland, Oregon on 72nd Avenue at 217. He specializes in evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological evaluation for school-age children and teens, with a concentration in support for challenging behavior at school or home; anxiety and depression; difficulties with inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity; and gender-related issues experienced by trans and gender-expansive children and youth.
Psychotherapy is not easy to describe, and it varies from therapist to therapist, so I will describe some features of my work. My practice is evidence-based, meaning that it is informed by scientific research identifying methods that have been shown to be effective. I offer a newer, process-oriented approach to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which refers to the pragmatic use of a wide variety of evidence-based strategies to help your child with the specific cognitive processes contributing to their difficulties. Unlike an illness model of psychology, this theoretical orientation emphasizes working with a child’s specific challenges and related strengths, instead of focusing on diagnosing disorders. Nonetheless, I fully support families who find a mental disorder diagnosis useful for helping their children develop insight into their difficulties, accessing resources and support, receiving insurance reimbursement, etc.
In therapy sessions, I am often interacting with what children, parents, and teachers bring to our meetings. Sometimes, it’s useful to work on learning and practicing strategies that have been shown to be effective for many people. An important part of my therapeutic approach is learning from how these strategies have worked, so we can either fit them better to your child and family, or shift to other strategies. Parents sometimes come to me feeling desperate, having already tried many things, or disagreeing about what to do—being a parent, I know what it’s like, and I’m guided by compassion for you as we look for ways to help your child and unite your efforts.
I value equity and inclusivity for all people, including people of color, women and girls, gender and sexual minorities (e.g., lesbian, gay, bi, and trans), modern families, religious believers, and secular or non-religous people.
Sometimes people ask about the initial in my name—Charles has always been my first name, and I have always been called by my middle name, David. Therefore, I usually write my initial in place of my first name, as did F. Scott Fitzgerald and L. Frank Baum.
I hope reading a little about me has been helpful, and I invite you to talk with me about my services, so we can find out if they might be a good fit with your needs. You can contact me at (503)928‑4182 or info@CDavidMaxey.com. I’m often unable to answer the phone, so if I don’t answer your call, please leave a message with your availability for a return phone call. I usually return calls on the same or next day between 9am and 7pm, with the exception of weekends and holidays.