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 specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring anxiety and depressive disorders 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.
After stepping away from working in facility-based treatment and group practices, Dana opened her private practice in 2016.
While Dana sees clients with a multitude of presenting concerns, she continues to be passionate about and specializes in working with individuals in need of early interventions for disordered eating, preoccupation with food, exercise, body image, and size. From adolescents struggling with self-esteem and body image to women who are exhausted from dieting their entire lives, she will guide you in uncovering the underlying issues that are fueling your unwanted behaviors. Passionate about helping people find freedom from negative thoughts and obsessions that keep them stuck in self-defeating patterns, Dana aims to help all people create a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
Dana also works with parents and guardians who are struggling with the impacts of their child's eating disorder. Having a family member who has been recently diagnosed or who has begun treatment for an eating disorder can feel overwhelming. Through compassion and curiosity, we can explore how to create a plan to help all members of your family move forward together. I am here to help without judgment or blame.
Dana is guided by principles of humanistic and positive psychology, existential therapy, systems theory, CBT, DBT, and ACT. She is informed in Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders and Health at Every Size (HAES).
Dana resides in Northern California with her family and dog, Maple.