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David Bergesen, LMFT

Founder and Executive Director

Masters of Divinity (1977) and Ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church

M.S. in Clinical Counseling, California State University at Hayward (1985)

David Bergesen brings his formidable clinical experience, leadership skills, compassion, and vision to his role as the executive director of COFY. For over 30 years, David has been committed to children’s mental health through developing collaborative relationships across disciplines, class, race, and other divides. In his work with COFY’s population, he finds great reward in working with parents of challenging children and creating a supportive network of coworkers and supervisors so families can repair relationships and communities can become strong. Prior to founding COFY, his experience included crisis mental health services, case management for residential placement, liaison services for children and adolescents in psychiatric hospitals, and AB 3632 assessment and case management. David is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and served as a pastor for five years; currently he consults with local clergy on mental health concerns within their congregation. David is married and has two grown children, one grandson, and two Labradors.