Alexander "Alex" Dannin

(LMFT)
Therapist Alexander "Alex" Dannin Photo

About Me

Greetings! It’s my passion and pleasure to assist any person wishing to make a significant change to how they’re thinking and/or feeling. I start with the premise that every individual’s natural state of being is healthy (feeling at peace, worthy, capable etc.). It’s our negative experiences in life that temporarily shift us away from our natural state to one of imbalance. We inherently know something isn’t right based on our “negative” feelings (anger, sadness, fear etc.). I consider all feelings (and emotions) to be inherently neutral—they’re really just indicators to help us know that we’re either in alignment with our natural self or out of alignment. In other words, our feelings don’t exist in a vacuum. They are meant to serve us by drawing our awareness to what we believe about ourselves and whatever situation we’re experiencing. It’s my job to find the beliefs generating the “negative” feelings and to assist the individual with making the necessary changes in thoughts, behavior, actions to facilitate the shift to their natural self.
In terms of modalities, I generally use tools and techniques from: CBT, Solution-Focused, Client-Centered, Psycho Dynamic, and Rapid Resolution Therapy. I’m not attached to a specific model. In other words, I don’t try to fit the client into my model. Instead, I try to use whatever system (tools and techniques etc.) that benefits the client. I reside in San Diego and I’m licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California (LMFT). I have 5 years of experience in the field and have served the following populations: active-duty, first responders, corporate professionals, retirees, young adults, and the homeless. Prior to working in mental health, I worked in several corporate positions in information technology and finance. Although it took me a while, I switched careers to follow my passion!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Emptiness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #120576 (Expires: 2022-07-31)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Alex is a really insightful counsellor and a fantastic listener, and he has helped me to define my problems and given me tools to tackle them and further my understanding of myself. In short, he gave me exactly what I needed. Highly recommended!

Written by S.A. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 2 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Working with Alex has allowed me to clear the proverbial space in my head for bigger better things. Where I was once filled by constantly rehashed trauma and apprehension is now more room to breath and grow. I am so grateful for his help and all that we’ve accomplished in our sessions. This is exactly the guidance that I was looking for.

Written by J.A. on Oct 14, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 3 weeks

Alex was fantastic.
I could tell he got me and we clicked straight away which made our sessions easier.
He really helped shift my mindset from a place of 'what's the point' to being able to see everything as exciting and an opportunity.
I would definitely speak to Alex again if anything else comes up in my life that feels like I need it.

Written by N.I. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Alex is fantastic, helped me.resolve a current struggle by identifying a more problematic underlying concern. Highly recommended I will be back if I need more help in the future.

Written by F.A. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Really great and knowledgeable

Written by V.I. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

Incredibly helpful, supportive, & full of insight! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to grow & learn!

Written by M.A. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I had a therapist years ago that I compare Alex to. For your services to advertise that they find a therapist as a much better match I think I see that when I got recommended Alex. He's a good combination of the right personality with the proper experience for the issues I'm seeking help with.

Written by W.A. on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Alex is a fantastic councillor, who quickly grasps the major issues concerning his clients and quickly works on changing their way of thoughts to be more positive. Highly recommend his approach.

Written by C.L. on Aug 05, 2021 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Alex is the only counselor I feel like has given me tools to better handle my anxiety and I’m extremely grateful. Great listener, cool personality and he makes it a very comfortable experience opening up about the things that make me uncomfortable.