I am a licensed social worker with 4 years experience working in the mental health field. I worked 3 years as a case manager in the field of community mental health working adults with severe mental illness. I also having experience working as a therapist serving adults with severe mental illness and assisting clients in developing skills to help them better manage their symptoms. I have experience working with client's diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Post traumatic stress disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, and others. I have also have experience assisting clients process and cope with life stressors such as coping with loss, navigating stressors of homelessness, coping with long term disabilities, and more.
I have also completed an educational certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and specialized in trauma across the life span in my graduate level studies. When I was completing my MSW internship, I worked with foster care children processing trauma. I utilized play therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help them build skills for managing symptoms and processing events from their past. I enjoy working with children and adults in the counseling setting and have experience working with children and adults from a variety of backgrounds.
My counseling style is warm, easy going, and I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I have a gentle spirit and strive to create a counseling environment where my clients feel safe, welcomed, and secure. I enjoy using cognitive behavioral approaches in counseling and also have experience with Motivational Interviewing and trauma-focused therapy. I strive to tailor the treatment plan and goals to meet your unique and specific needs. Everyone is different and finds different things beneficial.
I also am a Christian and my faith in God is the center of my life. I think there is a lot of wisdom found in the Word of God that can be applied to the therapy setting and utilized as a strength and asset in the therapeutic process. I also enjoy reading nonfiction Christian books focusing on topics such as anxiety, depression, the power of our thoughts, forgiveness, and others. I enjoy utilizing these things along with scriptures and prayer as a tool when it is appropriate and desired by the client. If clients desire, I would love to find ways to incorporate this into the therapy setting. I understand everyone has a different view on faith so I am respectful if people do not want this incorporated into sessions.
It takes courage to seek help and I understand it is not always easy. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
MI LMSW 6801106692
Very helpful. Has provided me with many ways to cope and deal with my anxiety and depression also with self motivation.
Written on Apr 24, 2021 after therapy with Dana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management
Dana is incredible at truly listening to whatever thoughts are floating in my head and providing knowledgeable advice on how to best handle them. She gives me resources and homework (I actually want to do) to better myself and grow. I appreciate her continually checking in on me and remembering key details to my ever evolving life.
Written on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Dana for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties