David Ogren was born and raised in Trinidad, Colorado, a city of about 10,000. He attended the University of Colorado and received his BA in Chemistry, Math and Psychology (a distributed major) in 1966. He attended the University of Houston for his graduate work in clinical psychology and received his Ph.D. in 1974. His doctoral dissertation, “Sexual Guilt, Information, Attitudes and Behavior” was awarded a prize for outstanding research in human sexuality by the Sex Education and Information Council of the United States (SIECUS) in 1974.
Upon completing his graduate training, Dr. Ogren joined a small group clinical psychology practice in Houston, Texas and continued with this group of psychologists until 1993 when he opened his own office.
He began his training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 1993. In 1995 he became a Facilitator for the EMDR Institute, Inc., the sole EMDR training organization at the time. Dr. Ogren credits EMDR with changing his life as a therapist and the lives of hundreds of his clients.
A charter member of the EMDR International Association, he is Certified EMDR Therapist and an Approved EMDR Consultant. He has been a volunteer with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (EMDR-HAP). As an EMDR-HAP Facilitator he has helped train therapists in EMDR Therapy in a variety of private and public agencies in the United States and also helped train therapists in Chennai, India in 2005 following the tsunami of December 2004.
In September, 2011 Dr. Ogren closed his practice in Houston, Texas and retired to Madison, Wisconsin where he, his life partner (and husband since 2013) share a home with his sister, who is also a psychologist, and his brother-in-law. They all immensely enjoy the family cat, Remy, who has no owners but is served by four loyal and loving servants.
Since his retirement Dr. Ogren has opened a small private practice in Madison, Wisconsin where he sees up to 12 clients a week and consults with therapists learning or mastering EMDR Therapy.