LGBTQ+ Affirming, Sex positive, Fat positive
CNM, Polyam, and Kink affirming
Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating
BA from The University of Texas at Austin
MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin
50 minutes: $140
80 minutes: $210
Hello, I’m Dana! I’m a queer therapist, social worker, and chronically curious human being. I’m someone who is genuinely interested in each person’s unique strengths, challenges, and story, and I would love to get to know you.
My approach to therapy is warm, down to earth, and collaborative. Therapy can be difficult and heavy at times, but it can also be a space for curiosity, play, and laughter. I think that the best therapy is built through collaboration between you and your therapist and is a place where you are able to bring your full range of emotions and all of yourself. As someone who has definitely wondered if feeling your feelings is really necessary, I understand how difficult it can be to sit with uncomfortable or frightening emotions. Together we can create a space that is safe enough and strong enough to hold whatever it is you might be experiencing.
Being a person is hard for all of us at times and you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. While there’s a lot I’ve learned through my education and practice as a social worker and therapist, I firmly believe that you are the expert in your own life and know who you are and what you need better than anyone else. As your therapist, I’m not here to tell you what to do or how to be. I’m here to help guide you through the process of learning about yourself, growing, and getting more of what you want out of life.
I’m mindful of and interested in the ways that our histories and the cultural beliefs and systems of oppression we interact with impact who we are and how we show up, both inside and outside the therapy room. Sometimes the pain or difficulties that we experience aren’t a result of “doing something wrong,” but are instead the result of having to function within systems that aren’t built for or are actively hostile to us. Being able to tell the truth of our lived experiences is profoundly liberating and having a compassionate witness is an important part of healing.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community and their families, as well as with individuals dealing with life transitions, depression and anxiety, eating disorders and negative body image, and with those seeking to have deeper, more fulfilling relationships. My practice is grounded in attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology, as well as in anti-racism and social justice. I also incorporate elements of mindfulness and self-compassion, and practice from a fat positive/Health At Every Size perspective. I am sex-positive and kink and polyamory knowledgeable.
In my free time you can most often find me gardening, reading either contemporary romance or therapy and social justice related non-fiction, telling my cat how cute she is, swimming in a river, or eating something delicious.
Clinically supervised by Margaret Hill, LCSW-S