219 E Street, Davis, CA 95616 -Suite C
and nearby spots
Please call for appointment
(530) 758-7750
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Art Defenderfer, M.A., M.F.T. Davis Christian Counseling

Education, Training & Service You can benefit from my many years of experience, specialized training and education. I am a seasoned therapist dedicated to assisting you reach your personal, academic and career goals. Part of my sensitive approach to therapy comes from my spiritual heritage. I was brought up in the richness of a historical church where I felt the call to be a pastor as a child. After searching various philosophies in college, I accepted Christ and joined a lively Spirit filled congregation, where I am serving as the Senior Pastor. I am also a leader in the Good Shepherd International Fellowship, established in 1975 to promote unity among ministers and churches in the Body of Christ.

License Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 1988, License # M.F.C. 24393

Education B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis – 1974 M.A. in Educational Psychology (M.F.T. Emphasis), University of San Francisco – 1982 Associate Arts in Practical Theology, Christ For the Nations Institute – 1978

Continuing Education Enjoying Wholeness – A Day with Virginia Satir and June Singer Anxiety and Depression Anger Management The Developing Mind How the Brain Forms New Habits: Why Will Power is Not Enough Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach Attachment: From Early Childhood Through the Life Span Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Compulsion to Repeat the Trauma Advances in Complex Psychological Trauma and PTSD Specialized Training in Subconscious Analysis and Therapy One-on-one clinical training with Louis Boswell, M.D. (One of America’s early pioneers in Subconscious Analysis and Therapy) Extensive training with Jerry Townsend and Carl Thompson. (Therapists and ordained ministers, they authored, “Subconscious Analysis and Therapy”. This was the first Continuing Education course of its kind to be offered to M.F.T.s to be approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). Specialized Christian Counseling training with ordained minister, Carol Dew (She a gifted therapist and the author/presenter of outstanding, “Sozo” counseling courses).

Awards and Recognition Highest Honors at Graduation – U. C. Davis – 1974 An Outstanding Young Man of America – U.S. Jaycees – 1984 Listed in Who’s Who in the West – 1994 President’s Honor Club – Success Motivation Institute – 1988

Volunteer Service Popular speaker for many years at service clubs and on radio on such topics: “Positioning Yourself for Success” “Removing Subconscious Blocks to Success” “Stress Management” Assistant General Superintendent – Good Shepherd International Fellowship Administrator – Good Shepherd Counseling Center Executive Director – Healing ArtsFoundation