About Dr. Kupfer


Dr. David L. Kupfer has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia since 1982. Specializing in the use of cognitive-behavior therapy with anxiety disorders, he has over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist. He has earned a reputation as practical, effective therapist with an ability to integrate a wide variety of treatment approaches.

He has specialized training in approaches that include cognitive-behavior therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, psychodrama, Interactive Guided Imagery, biofeedback, bioenergetics, couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

While Dr. Kupfer is best known for his work in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, he also sees many clients presenting other anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Phobias, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also has expertise in brief therapy with clients presenting Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Pain and Medical Illness, and Sleep Disorders.

In practice in Northern Virginia since 1991, Dr. Kupfer previously worked as a psychologist in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While there, he founded Tidewater Psychotherapy Services and served as its President. Before entering private practice, Dr. Kupfer was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Medical School, where he worked in the Pain and Stress Management Laboratory. His post-doctoral training includes work at the Multimodal Therapy Institute in Virginia Beach. He has taught Cognitive Therapy and Interviewing Skills at Argosy University and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and also taught at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Kupfer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1980. While in graduate school, he worked as a Psychology Intern at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center in California; he worked at the Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program as an intern as well. He graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Kupfer offers workshops for both professionals and the general public. He has delivered presentations on OCD, Panic Disorder, Experiential Approaches to Treating Anxiety Disorders, Brief Therapy, Coping with Multiple Sclerosis, and Anger Management. He has been a presenter at national conferences of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.