Dr. Dave Kemppainen

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Dr. Dave Kemppainen PH.D, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Dr. Kemppainen completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1995 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. In Nevada, he has been employed with Nevada Urban Indians, Inc., as a therapist and mental health program manager, UNR Counseling Services as a therapist, The Life Change Center as a substance abuse counselor, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony as a substance abuse program supervisor and counselor.  Dr. Kemppainen has most recently worked with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as it relates to pain management.  ACT differs from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy by teaching people to control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories. ACT encourages the awareness of “noticing and acceptance” of events, especially the unwanted ones. ACT aims to help the individual clarify personal values and to take action on them, bringing more vitality and meaning to their life in the process. Practicing ACT techniques increasing our psychological flexibility. It is important to address all of the underlying issues associated with addiction so that there is enduring positive changes in our lives.