My name is Danielle, and I am in the process of completing my master’s degree in counselling psychology. I am incredibly fortunate to be an intern counsellor at Shoreline.
Life can be full of beauty and wonder, but it can also feel heavy and overwhelming. Hafez, a Persian poet wrote, “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” As a counsellor, the way I approach therapy places unique value and importance on the light that I believe each person has within themselves.
Part of how I understand suffering and treatment is also informed by my background in the field of eating disorders and body image. I have also worked with first responders and others who have experienced crime and trauma.
I aim to make therapy a place where people can feel heard and seen as they grow into more authentic, healed versions of themselves. The therapeutic relationship is an incredibly important part of that, and I endeavour to build relationships with clients that make them feel safe and supported.
There is no single path to healing that will work for every person in every situation. In order to best help people, I use a holistic, integrative approach, often pulling together evidence-based techniques from different schools of therapy. I frequently draw from an approach called process-experiential therapy. This approach to therapy believes that healing happens when people reconnect with their inner wisdom by learning how to listen to their bodies, emotions, and other parts of themselves that have been silenced.
I have had the privilege of travelling alongside some amazing and courageous people on their path to healing. I wish you well, wherever you are on your journey.