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West Palm Beach Couples Counseling • West Palm Beach Marriage Counseling • Individual Therapy • Hypnotherapy • Parenting • Elite Athletic Coach


Dr. David L. Ransen, PhD, LMFT


Clinical Director



Marriage / Couples Counselor, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Parenting Consultant, Consultant to Elite Athletes


Originally trained as a psychologist (Ph.D. from Cornell University, ’79; internship in Family and Behavioral Medicine at Worcester State Hospital), Dr. Ransen has mastered numerous areas of individual and family psychology and human development during his 39-year career. He earned a specialized graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, the only nationally accredited program in all of Florida. He is a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Florida. Dr. Ransen was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned his psychology Bachelors degree Magna Cum Laude from Clark University, the nation’s first graduate school, and the first to award a doctor’s degree in psychology.


Dr. David L. Ransen, Clinical Director


Teaching was his early passion. His teaching experience began as a VISTA volunteer in a drug-ravaged inner-city high school. He has taught psychology at four universities and two colleges, including Princeton University, Tulane University, Cornell University, and Harvard Medical School, training well over a thousand aspiring psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, mental health counselors, social workers, and educators.

He has published numerous scholarly articles in some of the world’s most prestigious professional journals, as well as informal pieces in popular publications, including The New York Times and Scientific American. He is an active member in good standing of the International Hypnosis Research Institute, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member for many years of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, The American Educational Research Association, as well as a member of and peer reviewer for The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He was invited to develop Continuing Educations questions for online exams administered by The Journal of Marital & Family Therapy. These exams must be taken periodically by Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in order to keep their skills up-to-date and to keep their licenses active.

Many physical ailments that have no known underlying medical illness — like tinnitus, insomnia, IBS, hand tremors, chronic pain, ED, “functional” pain, tics (including Tourette’s), and so on frequently respond well to hypnotherapy, usually after just one session. Even better, Dr. Ransen routinely teaches you self-hypnosis that you can take home with you. Use it free of charge whenever you feel the need, in a few relaxing minutes with no need for drugs. This is just one of the ways in which Dr. Ransen has proven that he has your best interests at heart, not the endless collection of fees.

His practice consists of time-tested methods backed by solid scientific evidence. Clinical Hypnotherapy rests on a firm base of many years of scientific research. In fact, many MD physicians refer patients to Dr. Ransen when no underlying illness has been identified or when conventional medical treatments have been unhelpful. A growing number of surgeons in South Florida refuse to operate on smokers, and many refer their patients to Dr. Ransen before agreeing to perform procedures like heart bypasses, vascular repairs, or orthopedic procedures, for example. Dr. Ransen takes great joy in the knowledge that he has been privileged to contribute to changing lives and even saving them.
He helps people with a wide range of problems, including:

• Preserving couples closeness and intimacy after a baby arrives
• Living free of constant cravings after drug, alcohol, tobacco, and other addictions
• Excessive involvement with internet sexual or gambling sites
Preventing Arguments before they occur
Marriage, relationship, and intimacy issues (LGBT welcome)
• Recovering from Depression without medication
Chronic Pain (Head, Back, Neck, Joints, etc.)
• Problems raising
pre-teens and teen-agers
Marriage Counseling
• Prevention of Anxiety and Panic Attacks (Panic Disorder)
Weight Loss Without Dieting or self-discipline
• Anger Management
• Avoiding the slow, creeping damage of excessive
Social Drinking
Irrational Fears (phobias)
• Surviving overly
intrusive Parents or In-laws
• Recovering from
Infidelity
Overeating, undereating, weight control
• Self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image problems
• Difficulty Falling Asleep, Staying Asleep, Getting Enough Sleep
• Difficulty with focus and concentration (ADD, ADHD)

• Debilitating
migraine, cluster, tension-type and chronic headaches
• Experience
Calmness and Serenity in the face of High-Stress pressure
Enduring Symptom Relief from IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, frequent constipation and/or diarrhea not responsive to medical treatment.

You may leave your old diagnoses at the door, and you will certainly not get any new ones here. No more labels or “disorders.” The plan is no secret: Dr. Ransen will guide you back to health, not treat symptoms, a practice that defines Holistic psychotherapy. He is proud to have helped many people living in the following communities, using solution-focused brief therapy, couples and marriage counseling, and clinical hypnotherapy:

  • West Palm Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Boynton Beach
  • Boca Raton
  • Coconut Creek
  • Coral Springs
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Gulf Stream
  • Highland Beach
  • Hillsboro Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Jupiter
  • Lake Worth
  • Lantana
  • Lighthouse Point
  • Miami
  • Oakland Park
  • Ocean Ridge
  • Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Parkland
  • Pompano Beach
  • Port Saint Lucie
  • Royal Palm Beach
  • Wellington

in addition to neighboring communities in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. We even serve about 20 couples who visit periodically from Columbia, The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, and other Caribbean locations.

How will it feel when your marriage
or intimate relationship flourishes, even after frequent conflict, repetitive arguments, or known or suspected infidelity (cheating)?

How will it feel when your
friends, family, and co-workers respect and admire you as they come to perceive you as the strongest person they know, someone who exudes calm leadership and serenity in the face of stress, and a dependable moral compass. Someone who always seems to know how best to handle difficult situations? When they look to you as a role model of self-confidence and ethical dependability? You can expect not only to benefit rapidly from therapy, but also to serve as a beacon of hope for your friends, loved ones and colleagues, who will soon come to regard you as someone to be loved, trusted, and admired.

You may be surprised by how easily and smoothly therapy flows. Dr. Ransen does not waste your time and money dredging up your past or analyzing your problems. He has learned over the years that
creating solutions is much quicker and far more effective than devoting endless hours to analyzing problems and their causes.

At Delray Holistic Therapy
you will never have to wait to be seen. Dr. Ransen does not schedule appointments back-to-back, as do almost all counselors and therapists. Your session will never be abruptly ended just because time has run out. After any given session, all your problems may not have been solved, but you will very likely leave feeling more hopeful and optimistic than when you arrived. You’ll feel better having spent a session discussing solutions that work, instead of attempted solutions that haven’t worked in the past. This is rarely possible with traditional therapists, who expect you to leave promptly after 45 or 50 minutes, so that the next client can enter at the top of the hour. Dr. Ransen always ensures that sessions end at a comfortable stopping point, even if it is necessary to go overtime. He sees fewer people per day than other therapists, but each is better served.




Emergency Sessions

Occasionally a person, a couple or a family may be in the midst of a crisis situation that needs immediate attention. If the crisis is potentially life-threatening, you should dial 911 immediately. Otherwise, Dr. Ransen will make his best effort to see you on very short notice, even if he must come to your home or workplace if necessary. An emergency visit normally requires at least three hours (plus travel time) in order to be effective.