Hello, and thanks for checking out my profile. My name is Dan, and I've been a professional counselor for about 15 years now. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to help many people over the years achieve greater functioning in their lives.
Counseling, as I practice it, is a discussion of your goals and how you want to pursue them. When we meet, we discuss how your efforts go, as well as the changes you want to make in pursuit of them. I provide constructive feedback, but my role is not to express judgment over what you feel you want to pursue, though I may make suggestions on how you might want to pursue it.
While I have worked with clients of many backgrounds and diagnoses, I feel that my approach works best with those who are working to better various relationships, those who are working to deal better with their responses to things, dealing with the effects of various mood and personality disorders (depression, mania, anger, anxiety, borderline personality disorder), as well as those working to maintain abstinence from substance use.
I do have particular interests in working with those who are transitioning between phases of life (high school, college, career, etc.), and those who are working to overcome roadblocks in various creative endeavors (art, music, writing).
All that said, I may not be a great option for those who are participating in counseling involuntarily, as my process benefits from a client's sincere interest in making meaningful change. I would add that I would not likely be a good fit for those seeking couples' counseling, for those seeking help with pornography or sex addiction, or for those seeking Christian or spiritual counseling.
My approach is personable, informal, and non-directive. I aspire to be non-judgmental, and I try to really be a person in your corner, whatever corner that might be. If you're interested in exploring whether I might be a helpful support for you, I hope you'll feel comfortable in taking the next step to reach out and let me know how I can try to be of help to you.
Please be aware, I'm currently available for phone or video sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday afternoons. I can text through the week, but do not generally check my messages on the weekends.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
MO LPC 2008032350
When you choose a therapist, a feeling of mutual understanding is really important to me. I found in the past that if your therapist doesn't seem to "connect" with you, then despite their experience and competence you might struggle to find value in the sessions. With Dan, I found his vibe and his flexibility with trying to really understand where I was coming from to be comforting. It has been a very useful experience for me and I would recommend Dan to others seeking that understanding and support, even aside from the areas of specific expertise he has.
Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 3 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues
Dan has really been helping me.
Written on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Dan is calm and collected. He listens and offers feedback and advice. He also has that wonderful ability to ask the right question at the right time.
Written on Dec 26, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and anger management
He is seems very understanding and really validates what I am going through.
Written on Mar 17, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dan has helped me navigate through some incredibly challenging times and very unusual situations, where it felt like someone else's life depended on me. He's been an incredible support and made me much, much stronger than I was before, to make some big and hard decisions that really have improved my life. It's a slow burn type of counselling, I never think we've really discussed much until I find myself thinking very differently about things later in the week. I appreciate that, he is slowly and subtly changing my thought patterns to be more healthy, and it makes a big difference. I'm so much more confident in my decisions and myself than I was. I have a lot more to improve, but I know that Dan will be there to help me along that journey too.
Written on Jan 26, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Dan Cooper has been a helpful guide to me for a couple years now and I would recomend him to anyone with similar experiences.
Written on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar disorder