Dana employs a strengths-based, systems-oriented, and integrative approach to help her clients enhance their emotional, psychological, and spiritual health and well-being. She utilizes warmth, enthusiasm, and assertiveness to help build a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, develop a common language between herself and them, and create a safe and engaging space in which treatment aims can be achieved. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in both community mental health and group practice settings and is a practitioner of individual, couples, and family therapy. She has worked as a youth and family crisis and outpatient therapist with Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, a postgraduate trainee with Live Oak, a counselor with Symmetry Counseling, and an early childhood test consultant with the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
Dana’s clinical interests include mood and anxiety management, adjustment to life transitions, trauma recovery, relational rift and reparation, emerging adulthood, and group and organizational dynamics. She possesses a special passion for helping individuals navigate issues related to identity formation and authenticity, women heal and grow, highly sensitive persons hone and celebrate their strengths, and artists thrive in the face of the unique challenges with which their creative lives present them. As a wholehearted believer in the therapeutic power of both nature and exercise, she also offers her clients, when appropriate, the opportunity to engage in counseling sessions outdoors and on foot.
Dana holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Cultural Theory from Duke University. Prior to entering the field of counseling psychology, she enjoyed careers in both the performing arts and teaching. She has engaged in intensive postgraduate training in Trauma-Informed Practice, Affirmative Practice with the LGBTQ Community, Creative and Expressive Therapies, Multicultural and Multisystemic Practice, EMDR, and Energy Psychology, Reading, and Healing.
- Adjustment Disorder
- Alcohol Use
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Counseling
- LGBTQ Population
- Relationship/Marital Counseling
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)