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The picture a the top of this page is the Old Well and UNC-Chapel Hill, my undergraduate alma mater.

To schedule an appointment
call 202-596-6036
in Alexandria, VA

David C. Bissette, Psy.D.

Curriculum Vitae



Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA: M.A., 1984; Psy.D., 1987. (APA Accreditation)


Dissertation: Area Score Patterning of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (4th Edition) with Trainable Mentally Retarded Students.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: B.A. Psychology/Chemistry, 1972. (Phi Beta Kappa)


1995 - Present Private Practice - Currently provide individual and group psychotherapy in private office in Alexandria, VA, to adolescents and adults. Specialize in substance abuse, adult ADHD, sexual compulsion, and trauma/sexual abuse. Conducted treatment program for sexual compulsion for Whitman Walker Clinic for three and one half years and offered neurofeedback treatment to children, adolescents, and adults for three years.


1997 - 1998 Consultant - Special Psychological Services, Fairfax, VA. Conducted psychological screenings for Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia applicants of police and fire departments.


1996 - 1997 Consultant - Geriatric Psychological Services, Alexandria, Virginia. Conducted evaluations of geriatric residents in nursing homes. Acted as resource for nursing home staff in the care of difficult residents. Provided inservice trainings.


1994 - 1995 Hospital Staff - Provided inpatient group psychotherapy for adolescents and adults at Springwood Psychiatric Institute, including the dual diagnosis program. Conducted psychological testing of children, adolescents, and adults.


1991 - 1993: Consultant - Therapy Center, Alexandria, VA. Conduct psychological testing and provide supervision of group and individual psychotherapy.


1990 - 1995: Private Practice - Provided individual psychotherapy and psychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults in Washington, DC and Virginia, initially in solo practice and eventually as part of Metropolitan Psychiatric Group.


1987 - 1993: Staff Psychologist - St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC. Provided psychological services on an adult acute care admissions ward for 1 1/2 years, including intake assessments, group and individual psychotherapy, psycho- diagnostic testing, multidisciplinary treatment planning, testimony to Mental Health Commission, and case management. Provided full range of therapeutic and assessment services in a forensic setting, including supervision of psychology interns and externs, case consultations regarding homicide and suicide, teaching psychiatric residents about psycho- logical testing, and court testimony. Acted as a consultant to various departments to provide training about psychologically related topics. Edited Rorschach interpretation manual for Exner system. Assessed special issues related to competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, dangerousness, personality functioning, dissociative disorders, neuropsychological impairment, and mental retardation.


1986 - 1987: Psychology Intern - Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA, (APA approved internship.) Performed psychodiagnostic assessments with forensic inpatients for purposes of differential diagnosis, intellectual assessment, neuropsychological screening, and treatment planning. Assessed special issues related to competency to stand trial and dangerousness. Initiated individual and group psychotherapy in psychodynamic and existential modalities. Performed hospital admissions evaluations. (1900 hours)


1985: Psychotherapy Supervisor - Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Supervised graduate students conducting psychodynamic therapy in coursework related to adolescents. Evaluated clinical ability and recommended grades. (60 hours)


1984 - 1985: Psychology Trainee - CPC Horizon Hospital, Pomona, CA. Served as co-therapist in private psychiatric hospital for acute inpatient group therapy, including intensive psychiatric care unit. Performed psychodiagnostic assessments with adolescents and adults. Participated in interdisciplinary team treatment planning. Provided outpatient psychodynamic therapy in Self Psychology and Object Relations modalities. Received specialized experiential training in dissociative phenomena (multiple personality). (480 hours)


1983 - 1984: Psychology Trainee - Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Provided inpatient therapy in rehabilitation department and outpatient psychodynamic therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, including play therapy with children. Performed psychodiagnostic assessments for diagnosis and identification of treatment issues. Observed neurological assessments. (430 hours)


1982 - 1983: Psychology Trainee - San Bernardino City Unified School District, Psychological Services. Provided individual and group therapy to severely disturbed high school students. Provided behavior therapy to learning disabled and conduct disordered high school students. Conducted intellectual assessments with normal, gifted, and mentally retarded students. Observed treatment with junior high severely disturbed students and primary school developmentally disabled children. (300 hours)


1985 - 1986: Teaching Assistant - Research Statistics: Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Assisted undergraduate psychology majors in writing and executing research statistics with use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences computer program. Graded course projects. (200 hours)


1985 - 1986: Teaching Assistant - Clinical Biofeedback: Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Gathered journal articles for classroom use in graduate class on clinical biofeedback. (100 hours)


1985: Teaching Assistant - Psychology of Learning: Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Graded graduate quizzes and exams. (100 hours)


1984 - 1985: Teaching Assistant - Advanced Statistics: Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Trained graduate students in beginning use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Evaluated graduate student performance in advanced psychological statistics. Constructed and graded midterm and final exams. (225 hours)


1984: Teaching Assistant - Community Mental Health: Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. Evaluated graduate student community mental health presentations in the community. Evaluated final exams and course papers. Participated in course design. (100 hours)


Individual Training Psychotherapy with Gary Collins, Ph.D. (200 hours)


Group Training Psychotherapy with Vern Lewis, Ph.D. (50 hours)



CSAT Refresher Training (21 hours, 2013): IITAP, various trainers.


Internal Family Systems: Embodying Change (26 hours, 2012): Dick Schwartz, Ph.D. and Sarah Stewart, Psy.D., Kripalu Conference Center


The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life (26 hours, 2012): Dick Schwartz, Ph.D., Esalen Institute


Gestalt Therapy Training (500 hours, 2006-2011): Mariah Fenton Gladis, LCSW; Mark Putnam, MD; and Dori Middleman, MD.


Supervision in Neurofeedback (2004 to 2009): Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG


Clinical Neurofeedback (32 hours, 2004): Presented by: Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., BCIAC, Chief Scientist, The Brian Othmer Foundation / EEG Institute and Susan Othmer, BCIAC, Clinical Director, EEG Institute


Advanced Course in Neurofeedback (16 hours, 2006): Presented by: Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., BCIAC, Chief Scientist, The Brian Othmer Foundation / EEG Institute and Susan Othmer, BCIAC, Clinical Director, EEG Institute


Alpha Theta Training (16 hours, October 20-22, 2006): Bill Scott, BSW, CCDP, Richard Soutar, Ph.D. & Thomas Collura, Ph.D.


Treatment of Sexual Addiction: Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., 2003-2005


Supervised Training of Hypnotic Technique (40 hours): Vance L. Shepperson, Ph.D.


Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse: Karin Meiselman, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer, Ph.D.


Neurological Assessment Theory and Procedure--The Luria-Nebraska: Arnold D. Purisch, Ph.D.


Providing Expert Court Testimony: Michael P. Maloney, Ph.D.


The Rorschach Interpretation Relative to a Forensic Population--The Prediction of Dangerousness: Phillip Erdberg, Ph.D.


Advances in Group Psychotherapy: Irvin Yalom, M.D.


Understanding Personality Disorders: A Renaissance in Clinical Theory, Assessment, and Therapy: Theodore Millon, Ph.D.


Adult Neuropsychological Screening: Vincent A. Thomy, Ph.D.


Diagnosis of Multiple Personality: Frank Putnam, M.D.


Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Human Sexuality Institute.


Advanced Applications of the Revised MMPI: Roger L. Greene, Ph.D.


Speaking engagements happen several times per year, at least. Typical topics are related to sexual addiction or other clinical treatment issues. These are most often training events for other professionals, but also include trainings for the general public.


Sex and the City: Diagnosing and Treating Sexual Addiction. Virginia Psychological Association annual conference, 2009


The Treatment of Sexual Addiction: Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, 2009


The Magical Use of Gestalt Therapy and Music for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction. Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health annual conference, 2009


American Psychological Association: Member


DC Commission on Mental Health Psychological Association: Board of Directors, 1991.


Oral examiner for Psychology License Exam, Virginia, 1993. Assisted in revision of Virginia written exam, 1994-1996.


Board of Directors, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (later renamed the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health), 2002 to 2005.


SASH Merit Award, October 2006. For exceptional contribution to the work of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (previously named the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.



Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, 1972


Virginia, Clinical Psychologist, 1991, #0810-002254


Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), #2084, Institute for Trauma and Addictive Disorders & Patrick Carnes, Wickenburg, AZ, 2002-2015. I dropped this certification in December, 2015 because I wanted to limit my travel for trainings to a manageable amount, allowing for a greater breadth of training beyond the community of those who specialize in sex addiction. (Many important skills for treating sex addiction--such as Internal Family Systems--are not offered at sex addiction conferences.) I was one of the first 35 individuals to be granted a CSAT, and my skills are certainly adequate for treating this difficult addiction.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Basic Certification, 1997