Dana Peters, MA
Dana Peters has been a trusted mental health mentor for over 12 years. After graduating with honors from Hofstra University (M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy), Dana worked as a therapist in residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs, as well as private group practice offices throughout California. Working side by side with leaders in the mental health field, including psychiatrists and doctors, Dana was trained to understand the diagnosis and treatment of individuals, couples, and families struggling with the impacts of different mental health concerns as well as the challenges brought on by different life stages, changes, and transitions.
Throughout this time working in rehabilitation centers, Dana became involved and held roles assisting with utilization review management. She developed a unique understanding of how the business of mental health treatment and insurance companies functioned and how this impacts people's lives in a very permanent way.
After stepping away from working in facility-based treatment and group practices, Dana opened her private practice in 2016, shifting to a coaching practice soon after that was more reflective of the impact she wanted to have on people's lives. With the mental health field becoming more and more medically oriented rather than people-oriented, Dana strives to be people-oriented. Dana's practice focuses on coaching people to set up their lives in a way that suits them rather than operating as a medical professional that pigeonholes clients with a mental health diagnosis that may not be a true reflection of their challenges or specific needs. Dana believes it is the environment, relationships, routines, and systems we have in place that impact our mental health instead of the idea that someone is struggling with a permanent diagnosis that is inherently a part of who they are.
Dana is guided by principles of humanistic and positive psychology, existential philosophy and therapy, systems theory, CBT, DBT, and ACT.
Dana resides in Northern California with her family and dog, Maple.