Deanna Daniels

Professional Experience

Ms. Daniels is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 16 years of clinical experience working with a diverse population of clientele in a variety of settings. Her experience includes working with individuals couples and families taking on a multitude of challenges such as relationship conflicts, mood disorders, and substance abuse, to name a few. Ms. Daniels is a champion for women’s issues and has specialized experience working with professional career women to help them find work/life balance, survivors of sexual assault and rape and women taking on the multi-faceted challenges of motherhood. Ms. Daniels also enjoys working with couples to help them co-construct fulfilling relationships.

Currently, in addition to providing clinical counseling services, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. Additionally, Ms. Daniels has written a number of online articles on topics such as trauma and PTSD, grief and loss and life transitions. 

Education

Ms. Daniels earned her B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach in 1996. She earned M.A., Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University in 2003. Ms. Daniels also trained and interned at Pepperdine’s Community Counseling Center in Irvine, CA and periodically guest lectures at this campus.

"My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness"

Ms. Daniels’ philosophy on mental health and wellness focuses on seeing the problem as separate from the person. She believes that people are the experts of their own lives and chooses to sit in a place of curiosity to help people uncover already present strengths or develop new approaches to life's challenges. She is passionate about working collaboratively with those who consult her and fostering a non-pathologizing and safe environment for people to have honest and sometimes painful conversations with the goal of reclaiming lost strengths, uncovering possibilities, and constructing the life they want to live.

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