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Alexander "Alex" Dannin, LMFT

Relationships Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Coaching
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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!

Professional experience

7yrs in practice
Relationships Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Coaching

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Anger management, Depression, Coping with life changes, Communication problems, Control issues, Emptiness, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Money and financial issues, Self-love, Workplace issues

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

Services offered


License information

CA LMFT 120576


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Alexander "Alex" Dannin. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Alex is the therapist of my dreams. I am a spiritual person and needed someone with a multidimensional approach, and he has been a dream come true.

Written on May 01, 2024 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and coaching

Alex does a great job of listening and providing feedback and offers suggestions for concrete tasks which benefit my healing process. He is down to earth and approachable. He respects my journey and encourages me to be my best self.

Written on Feb 08, 2024 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

It's early in the process, but Alex has already gained my confidence in identifying root causes of issues I'm dealing with. He goes straight for underlying beliefs about situations I'm in. Later, I'll respond to how effective his recommendations are.

Written on Dec 01, 2023 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

He’s the man!

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Alex really helped me improve my self confidence, and understand my actions and emotions better. Alex always uses logic and reasoning to help guide you through your experiences

Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching

A+++ so appreciative of Alex and BetterHelp

Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with Alexander "Alex" for 6 months on issues concerning coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue