Welcome David Nutter, Feburary's featured Provider of the Month!
David Nutter is a therapist based out of Cocoa Beach, Florida who started using telehealth to be able to connect with his out of state clients. We are grateful to have him in the thera-LINK family!
What is your name and the name of your practice? How long have you been in practice?Safe Harbor Therapy / David Nutter is the name of my practice. I started in 2014 in St George, Utah and opened in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 2019.
What do you do for fun? What hobbies do you do? Tell us about you outside of your "provider" role.My wife and I enjoy traveling to sites and activities that are new. We have incorporated our mutual interests in family history to travel and immerse ourselves in some great places. I also love motorcycling, although I don't do it nearly as often as I used to.
Favorite Book?I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
Favorite TV Show/Movie?
My favorite tv show is Game of Thrones, and I love all of the Monty Python movies.
Where do you practice (state, etc..) and what areas do you specialize in?I practice in Florida primarily, but I also practice in Utah, NV, TX and CO for clients that moved to those states and want to remain connected.
Why did you go into your profession?I started in Human Resources as an executive in the heath care industry and enjoyed assisting others with goals, performance and co-worker communications. Eventually I became a board certified Chaplain attending to Veterans struggling with life and with death. I moved into a Chaplain role with law enforcement for 7 years and realized the people I was assisting needed clinical skills as well, so I returned to get my MA as an MFT and then went into private practice. Nothing substitutes for life experiences and clinical skills when assisting others.
What are you passionate about in your practice?Trauma, including the traumas associated with "self". Human sexuality issues including infidelity, abuse and lack of partner connection often have a genesis in trauma. There's too much hurt out there not to be of service.
How long have you been doing online sessions with your clients?Going on 6 years in total, one year with TheraLINK and would always recommend this service. The platform is reliable but the customer service is the best!
Why did you start using thera-LINK to see clients?I attended national and state AAMFT meetings which generated discussion about privacy and HIPPA compliance. I felt clients deserved the same protection and assurances online that they receive for themselves and their physical records.
Do your clients find that online sessions offer them similar results as coming in to an office? Do they prefer online sessions or in office? Was it a difficult adjustment for them?When out of state, clients in other locations really enjoy having the ability to connect. I am licensed in several states and clients have found this a great way to remain connected. I enjoy being able to retain clients and many do prefer being able to use the convenience of online sessions.
What would you tell someone just starting out with an online option for their clients? Any tips/tricks or things you've learned along the way?I recommend clients send an email stating their goals for therapy, what experiences they may have had and if they are familiar with Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused therapies.
Where do you work from mostly? (i.e. home office, beach, actual office where you see clients in person as well?)I work in Cocoa Beach with a view of the beach.
Did you purchase any new equipment when you embarked in an online practice? Either way, what do you use for your sessions? (i.e. laptop/tablet, webcam, headset, big monitor)
I use a 17" laptop and air pods.