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Come alive to the life you want.

Online and In-Person Therapy in Ohio


Or maybe you just want someone to process this crazy, wonderful life with.

Looking for greater clarity & purpose? 

Are you stressed, isolated, or just feel kind of down? 


David Stefan, Ph.D.
Founder of The Come Alive Collaborative

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Personal Coach

Hello, my name is Dr. Dave Stefan. I’d like to welcome you to the Come Alive Counseling and Coaching Collaborative. I know life can feel overwhelming and confusing (and also hopeful) when you decide to reach out for support. 

As someone who has faced significant personal and professional challenges and come out on the other side with a much richer and more grounded sense of who I am and my place in the world, I can understand the range of emotions you might be experiencing.

Throughout my life, I have worked hard at my own mental and emotional well-being. Along with therapy, I have explored and applied research-based practices that have helped me change my unhealthy beliefs, manage my emotions, and find greater fulfillment in relationships.


I have also created unique experiences to figure out and find peace with my life, including trekking up Everest, volunteering with the United Nations World Food Program in Nepal, and walking alone into the Cascade Wilderness on a three day, solo fast vision quest.

You can learn more about my journey and background through my "12 Months to Live" and "Gratitude Project" podcast series.

My approach to working with others is informed by what has helped me personally but also rests on four pillars of education, experience, science-backed research, and proven therapeutic techniques


As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Credentialed Professional and Well-being Habits Coach, I have worked with individuals and groups on a spectrum of concerns, including: 

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety,

  • Improving Depression,

  • Developing Happiness and Well-being Practices,

  • Clarifying Calling, Career and Purpose in Life,

  • Navigating Spiritual Journey Questions and Concerns, and

  • Finding Peace with Sexuality, Identity and LGBTQ+ Issues.

Based on my background and personal experiences, I strive to create an environment that offers compassionate understanding and research-based solutions.

I can help you design a life that works better for you. And then, we can develop strategies so you can make meaningful, healthy, and positive change over time.


Please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation. I look forward to working with you.


Therapy Can Help

Research shows Counseling helps:

  • ​​Manage irrational thoughts.

  • Change unwanted behaviors.

What others have said about our work together...

"Dave’s attentiveness, compassion, introspection, and gentle prodding were pivotal in enabling me to breach distinct mental and emotional boundaries..." 


 "Dr. Dave helped me clarify my goals, organize my steps, and follow through for success." 


"Dr. Stefan has been a non-biased sounding board helping me to look deep into my desires in life and then pointing me toward paths and opportunities to pursue them."


Let's work together to...

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