David Wilson, M.S.Ed., MBA, LLPC
I come from a troubled and sometimes turbulent upbringing. My father was in the U.S. Navy, so we lived in various places in my youth. I was raised as the youngest and smallest of two boys and experienced bullying early in elementary school. Throughout my adolescent years, I struggled with my home life. My father was often away for work, but both were emotionally distant, and my mother suffered from mental health issues. I eventually dropped out of high school before finishing my junior year and soon left home. I found myself working various minimum wage jobs and barely making ends meet. I broke and penniless. There were times when I had to sleep at a park because I couldn’t afford a home. I’ve been in the dark and felt hopeless like my life was going nowhere. In my most troubling moments, I even contemplated suicide… However, I found hope through my struggles and eventually decided to take charge of my life, working arduously to make some positive changes.
One of the first things I did for myself was to enroll in a GED program. After passing the test, I took extra classes to earn my high school diploma. Eventually, I enrolled at a community college. Through working a variety of meaningless day jobs, I took evening classes to become a certified EMT1-A. I continued studying and eventually became a Paramedic, earning an associate degree as an EMT-Paramedic. As I was finishing my bachelor’s degree, a friend introduced me to real estate, and so I began studying real estate and enrolled in a real estate education program. With the help of an investor, I successfully “flipped” my first property. Since then, I successfully started and developed a real estate acquisition and management company, earned both an MBA and an M.S. Ed., and graduated from The University of Pennsylvania. I’ve been with the same beautiful soul for many years, and we have a couple of wonderful teenage children.
I began practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) in 1996 under Jean Jacques Machado in Los Angeles, CA. After moving in 1999, I began studying under Relson Gracie, and after 12 years of diligent practice and competition, I earned a blackbelt in 2008 directly from Relson Gracie. Subsequently, I acquired another blackbelt in Judo in 2013 from sixth degree blackbelt Fritz Goss and John Saylor. Although I don’t train as I used to for personal health reasons, I am still very fond of martial arts and follow BJJ closely, guiding my son in his journey and staying in touch with high-level practitioners around the country. I’ve overcome many challenges in my life, and I believe that I can help you discover your strengths to help you live your best life.
David is a trauma-informed professional mental health counselor in Grand Rapids, MI, area with experience in helping his clients with psychoeducation and psychotherapy. He believes in the power of the human mind to overcome life’s adversities and challenges; he thinks everyone can change their perspectives and learn to live their best life! With the right coaching, he believes we all can reprogram our thought processes to successfully overcome the adverse effects of long-term stress and anxiety, becoming more resilient to everyday stresses of life. David is an EMDRIA certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) practitioner specializing in working with those suffering from psychological trauma. David is deeply passionate about working with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, social anxiety, and other psychological ailments.