Supervised by Claudia Salinas LCSW #100046
Dana attended Cal State University Long Beach for her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Studies. She is currently attending University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and is on the path to becoming a licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Dana considers herself a holistic and integrative therapist who is caring, empathetic, patient, and client-centered. She uses humor and her own lived experience to build relationships with her clients. Dana believes that therapy works best when the client feels safe and secure in the relationship with their therapist.
She offers her clients opportunities to learn about self-care, mindfulness, meditation, and how to lessen the impacts of negative self-talk. Mindfulness can be achieved through different forms such as focusing on the present-moment and non-judgmentally accepting your internal experiences. Dana uses mindfulness and has personally experienced a decrease in her racing thoughts and stress level. She practices noticing when her mind wanders, listens to her body and how she feels moment to moment. Mindfulness is a great practice for clients of all ages to decrease anxiety, stress, improve concentration and overall performance at school and work.
Dana is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving Therapy, Solution Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is interested in Somatic Therapy (mind-body), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Infant Mental Health, Sensorimotor Therapy and overall providing trauma-informed and trauma-focused care to all of her clients. Dana’s goal is to help her clients feel empowered and provide hope they can heal from any painful past or present experiences in their lives.
Dana works with children, adults, and families. She helps her clients learn to cope and heal from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harming, suicidal ideation, PTSD, trauma, abuse (sexual/psychological/emotional/physical), neglect and abandonment. She also enjoys working with adult children of alcoholics, grief and loss, and caregiver stress. See below for a full list of issues she can help you with!
Child or Adolescent
Trauma & PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Problem Solving Therapy