About us

David Joel Miller

David Joel Miller
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Life Coach

About Us.

Sometimes life throws you a curve. When you are dealing with emotional problems counseling can help.

Relationships are under pressure these days. Families struggle with many crisis, financial and career issues, affairs, poor communication or drug and alcohol problems.

Whether you are having problems in your relationship, difficulty with a child or family member or the loss of a loved one, therapy may be just what you need to get through this troubled time.

Counseling does no need to take a long time or be expensive. Going to see a therapist does not mean you are crazy, losing it or “Mental.” Not looking for help may be the foolish thing to do.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I am here to help you with emotional problems, relationship issues and the emotional part of those career changes and financial issues.  

Feel free to contact me for an appointment to discuss these things that are bothering you and to see how counseling may be able to help. My services are covered by some insurance plans. For those things not covered by insurance or if I am not on your companies panel, a sliding fee schedule is available for those who need help but are financially challenged. 

Sometimes as little as one or two sessions can help you get back on track. For those problems that need more time and work, we can set up appointments on weekly, bi-weekly or whatever schedule best works for you.

If life has given you challenges, why wait any longer to start creating that happy life you deserve?

For more about my counseling, therapy and coaching practice here in Fresno California and my background please check the “About Us” page.  For those of you outside Central California watch for a book due out later this year on getting back on track after life knocks you down. 

David J. Miller is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFC45390 and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPC15, living in Fresno, California, the heart of California’s Central Valley.

He specializes in helping clients construct a happy life. David works with both teens and adults to overcome depression, anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. As a Marriage and Family Therapist David works frequently with couples and families on relationship issues and parenting problems.

Helping clients with life’s transitions from coping with the stress of career changes, parenting and anger management to treatment of substance abuse are all large parts of his private practice.

Mr. Miller also does life coaching to help people reach their goals, for increasing motivation and managing stress and time.

In addition to his work in private practice, he is employed by The Department of Behavioral Health. He has worked with children, adults, and families in locked psychiatric settings, residential facilities, and outpatient treatment.

Mr. Miller teaches substance abuse counseling courses at the local college. Prior to becoming a licensed therapist, Mr. Miller worked for a nonprofit agency as a substance abuse counselor. He is a graduate of Fresno State University and San Jose State University.

Mr. Miller has presented talks before a variety of community groups and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. He has written books and a guest column for a bi-weekly paper. His blog on current topics and issues in counseling appears at counselorssoapbox.com

Our office location is:   3134 Willow Ave   Suite  103  Clovis, Ca. 93612 Clovis, Ca. 93612

Group Counseling Sessions, Classes, and trainings are conducted at various sites.

To discuss an appointment please call our office at 559-977-0614.

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  1. Hello David

    Patrick here I read your article on the “Can’t find your inner child” great read. I am a Bi-polar, veteran with depression, and anxiety who has been studying Rieki levels 1, 2, and Master/Teacher. I am doing Oraha/Deepak’s 21-Day meditation and today look for my inner child. Your article eyes my eyes to this inner child thing.

    I also took made some english grammar corrections. Hope you do not my take offence to my corrections. I have just copy and paste your article below… Oh I see you from Fresno you called it the heart of California’s Central Valley. I lived in Merced for 22 years we it the belly button it collects all the lent of California that would make Fresno the testicles. LOL Just kidding.

    Can’t find your inner child
    By David Joel Miller.

    Have you misplaced your inner child?
    The idea of having an inner child, and inner child work, comes and goes. Somehow this idea strikes a responsive chord in people even though there is scientific proof that there really is no inner child in any of us.

    By inner child we do not mean that there is some little creature lurking in us waiting to be fed. That makes for great Sci-Fi movies but not much reality.

    All your “parts” do not grow up at the same rate.

    What we should be looking for are those developmental stages, those things you should have learned as you grew up that somehow you missed out on. Look also for those good qualities that you left behind in your efforts to be “all grown up.”

    Memories can be feeling instead of facts.

    Not all our memories are filled neatly away in our heads. Some of those memories are emotional ones and those are kept throughout our bodies.

    We know if you act in certain ways you are more likely to have certain feelings. Get a group of people together and have them laugh for no good reason and before long you will all be feeling happy.

    So where do these phantom memories, those emotional pains from long ago, come from if not from some theoretical inner child.

    Your inner child did not get everything right.

    One way of explaining this inner child legend is that many adult problems are the result of things that we learned between the ages of say 5 and 15 that may have worked then but do not work now.

    What if the things that you learned emotionally in 3rd grade about the opposite sex or about yourself turn out to not be true?

    The person who is repeatedly told they are fat, despite looking perfectly normal, even a little thin, is likely to grow up thinking they are fat and to repeatedly try to diet and lose weight. If you learned the untruth that you were fat as a child you may develop a truly terrible adult eating disorder.

    Unfinished business.

    Some counselors call this unfinished business, those experiences of pain, sadness acceptance and rejection that we learned in childhood, but are not able to work out as we transition into adult beings.
    One danger in doing too much of the so-called “Inner child work.” Is that the more you go over a lesson of something you got wrong, the more firmly entrenched that wrong answer becomes embedded in your brain.
    If you keep telling yourself “I am stupid” because as a child people repeatedly called you stupid or fat head, you may develop a personal story in which you continue to tell yourself that you are stupid. And as we all know stupid is as stupid does.

    Pay attention to yourself talk.

    For good or bad our brains believe what we repeatedly tell them. So, if you tell yourself you can’t, you will not be able to. If you tell yourself you can, you very likely will be able to do so, as every little child learned from that little engine.
    Be careful what you tell your brain you will be able to do. If you tell yourself you will fly make sure you head for the airport not jump off a roof and leave the gravity defying to hard flapping of your arms.
    If you sometimes find yourself crying like a little child for no apparent reason. If you have very immature feelings at times, don’t pay for a cat scan to find your inner child. Instead go back and look at the things you should have learned at each developmental stage and then if there were emotional lessons you did not learn, work on them.

    Did you outgrow fun?

    One other thing that people mean when they say they have inner child work to do is that they had some characteristics when they were young and they have lost them along the way.
    If life used to be fun and it isn’t anymore. If you used to be more creative and you have lost that skill, then get in touch, not with the behaviors of the little child, but the emotions and the ways of seeing.

    Practice a child-like mind-set.

    Try looking at everything in life as if this was the first time you had seen it. Begin each day with that curiosity you once had and you will find that everything will look new and fresh again.
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