Dana Ottalagano

(LPC, LMHC)

About Me

My guess is you hate the person in the mirror because they are so different from what you pictured for yourself by now. You don't know how anyone else could love you because you can't even stand yourself. Are you lost in life and searching for purpose? Maybe you've lost that initial spark in your relationship and are desperately trying to get that feeling back. Or stuck in a rut at your job and just want to quit. You overthink everything and somehow you accomplish nothing. Life has got you overwhelmed, exhausted, unmotivated, hopeless and wondering why you even get out of bed in the morning. Are you getting in your own way?

Imagine one day you wake up motivated for your dream job, you actually smile back at the person in the mirror, you are surrounded by people who light your fire all day, and you get excited for the life you created after work. That's what it feels like when you have developed self-worth. It takes a brave soul to get in touch with one's vulberabilities, but if you do that you will better understand what you truly need and how to effectively get it. The first step is learning to love and take better care of yourself. It's time to put you first!

I have worked in a range of settings (community, residential, private practice) for the last 6 years. I have intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy which helps clients better regulate their emotions and work well with others. My specialty is working on mindfulness and mind/body connection because I believe that when we take some time to listen to our bodies, we find the ability to better take care of ourselves and truly understand what we need. I believe in the importance of self-care and self-love which will ultimately attract the life you want and help improve relationships with others. When we allow ourselves to embrace our vulnerabilities, we can come out on top as stronger, more confident individuals and accomplish our goals. My strongest specialties include helping clients improve self-esteem, understanding the weight loss journey, anxiety management, identity issues, and relationship issues.

I can help you because I was that person above once. I've done the transformation myself and have the DBT and mindfulness skills that will teach you how to love yourself, work well with others, handle your emotions, and attract the life you want. Together we will discover ways to be more comfortable being you and better able to navigate the stressors surrounding you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties

I also have experience in Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #PC009955 (Expires: 2021-02-01)

LMHC #MH16583 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Feb 22, 2020 after counseling with Dana for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I had not had a long history of therapy when I started with BetterHelp, so opening up was really challenging at first- and still is sometimes. Dana supports me or even lightens up the conversation when I'm struggling with sharing my experiences. In other settings I felt intimidated by therapists, like they were leading me to have one answer at the end of a session. I look forward to sessions with Dana because I can really let my guard down and trust that she will keep me working towards my goals in a patient and holistic way.

Written by H.A. on Feb 12, 2020 after counseling with Dana for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dana is kind, understanding, and attentive. She makes me feel like I'm talking to a friend that obtains the expertise to help me out. From only two sessions, I've found that I'm already excited to get better and have become a lot more confident.

Written by K.I. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with Dana for 11 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Dana, you’re basically Wonder Woman. You keep me aligned to my values and hold up a mirror when I’m not. The info and tools you’re sharing with me are brilliant, and are helping me do the deep work I need, to grow. Thanks for holding my hair back while I spew emotions sometimes too, tough gig, but I’m grateful.

Written by S.A. on Jul 30, 2019 after counseling with Dana for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dana is amazing. Every week I leave our session energized ready to tackle whatever I had been hesitant about.

Written by T.I. on Apr 09, 2019 after counseling with Dana for 6 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Friendly, good natured. Genuinely cares from inside her professional role.

Written by J.U. on Nov 19, 2018 after counseling with Dana for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Dana's a wonderful therapist. I feel that she can empathize with me so easily. I also don't feel ashamed sharing my problems with her. She's the first professional I've engaged with so far that has helped me tremendously. I'm happy BetterHelp connected us.

Written by N.I. on Sep 19, 2018 after counseling with Dana for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She really helps me find methods to help me cope so well. I feel like I can trust her and that I can talk to her with ease. I would definitely recommend her.