Dr. David Abel graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology. He earned his medical degree in 1986 from Temple University School of Medicine. In 1989, he completed his residency in Psychiatry, and in 1991 he finished his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, both at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. While at Hahnemann, Dr. Abel received honorable mention from the Philadelphia County Medical Society for the Humaneness in Medicine award for his work with severely mentally disabled patients at Philadelphia State Hospital. In 2003, Dr. Abel completed his psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in both child and adolescent, and adult psychoanalysis.
Dr. Abel has extensive experience treating children, adults, and families who suffer from nearly every type of mental health problem, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, relationship issues, school-related issues and many others. Early in his career as Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at the Creekwood Center of Abington Memorial Hospital, he gained invaluable experience refining his skills while using all types of psychotropic medication and managing and navigating a wide variety of complex patient scenarios. Also, as a consultant for both the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and Delaware Valley College, Dr. Abel gained a deep understanding of mental health conditions within the elementary, high school, and college-age populations. In addition, Dr. Abel has spent a great deal of time working with children in foster care and in residential treatment facilities, as well as with people in prison and those with substance abuse issues.
He is currently a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and he is on the Affiliate Staff at Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health. He is also a member of both the Bucks and Montgomery County chapters of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
On a long-term ongoing basis, Dr. Abel consults with the following organizations:
Dr. Abel's current private practice client base consists of approximately 50% adults and 50% children and teens.
"I am a single mother and I have been in treatment with Dr. Abel for over 10 years. I have received competent, caring treatment throughout my process. He has helped me through several crisis situations where I was able to receive support quickly. I am so thankful for Dr. Abel's help and I would truly recommend him to anyone."
"I have known Dr. David Abel for nearly ten years... Today I am a stronger, healthier and happier person, able to give to others by first taking care of me. During our journey, I found a beautiful, smooth, "real" stone that had washed up on the beach. I still carry it with me wherever I go to remind me of my journey with Dr. Abel and his role in helping this helper return to good health. I am forever grateful to this trusted professional and caring human being."