I am here to support you in your journey.
WHAT I DO
I offer individual and relationship coaching for those impacted by major life transitions, losses and life events, as well as feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and general discontent. Whether you have a specific concern you are struggling with personally or professionally, or seek coaching as a means for further growth and satisfaction, I will partner with you in our sessions to assist you in finding a path forward that enriches your life and brings you a greater sense of clarity and peace.
My coaching practice offers a safe, present-focused space for non-judgmental support. I collaborate with my clients to identify their unique issues and explore the causes behind the challenges impacting their well-being and happiness. Through increasing awareness and clarifying values, my clients learn to identify the patterns and behaviors they are engaging in that are taking them away from their goals and desired outcomes. Through this process, my clients learn to empower themselves by making intentional choices and choosing actions that are in line with the way they want to be living. Setting them up to successfully navigate transitions and stages of life to come.
No matter what the specific challenge is that led you to my site, I am here to help... offering an experienced perspective, guidance, resources, and support along the way.
With the mental health field becoming more medically oriented rather than people-oriented, I strive to be people-oriented. My practice focuses on coaching people to set up their lives in a way that suits them rather than assigning a mental health diagnosis that may not be a true reflection of their challenges or specific needs.
I believe it is each person's unique environment, routines, and relationships that impact their day-to-day mental health. Together we will define your challenges and find strategies and tools for navigating your life in a way that feels authentic to you and your specific needs and will improve your overall happiness and well-being.
I have a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and 12 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. I am located in Lafayette, California, but am lucky to be working with clients remotely all over the country. I am non-judgmental, compassionate, and holistic in my approaches and solutions. My sessions aim to assist my clients in gaining insight and increasing self-awareness, allowing them to address patterns and behaviors that may be causing distress and overall dissatisfaction in their lives.
Through this process, my clients are able to make choices that are more reflective of the lives they want to be living. Our awareness of choice and freedom of choice is our power. It is my desire to help my clients learn to empower themselves through the many transitions and stages of their lives.
My theoretical orientation is anchored in concepts stemming from positive and humanistic psychology, acceptance and commitment (ACT), dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapies, and existential and narrative therapies and philosophy. Coaching is not a one size fits all process. I will meet you where you are at, respect your decisions regarding how you want to spend time in our sessions, and collaborate with you every step of the way.
What My clients are saying...
"Dana has been the perfect coach for me over the last four years. She and I have worked together on a myriad of issues, such as intuitive eating, body acceptance, goal-setting, managing my mood, and establishing boundaries. Dana has been the confidant and non-judgmental voice I have relied on through multiple life transitions. I was comfortable with her from our very first session and am so grateful for the relationship and tools we developed together. If you are looking for a compassionate, real, and collaborative partner in your journey, I can’t recommend Dana enough."
- K.G., Washington D.C.
Masters Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy
Certified Level 1 Clinical Training, Gottman Method Couples Therapy
AASECT Member, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
IADEP Member, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, 2013 - 2017,
AAMFT, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, 2010 - 2017