“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”
– Carl Jung
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
– George Bernard Shaw
I am committed to supporting you on the path to achieving your goals and tapping into your creativity! My practice is based in Los Angeles, CA and built on the idea that all people deserve a space where we can observe our patterns, make choices about change, and cultivate growth.
Through a holistic approach to recovery, I work with clients of all ages to help you discover a greater sense of flexibility, play, and empowerment in your life.
Registered Drama Therapy (RDT #592)
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT #002074) in NY State
I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to New York City for college. After working in NYC arts and educational systems for almost a decade, I received my M.A. from New York University in 2014 and gained my licensing hours in a number of clinical settings, including forensic psychiatry, addiction treatment, and long-term mental health rehabilitation.
I hold an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies Program, and I’ve worked closely with refugee populations in West Africa to help institute trauma-informed community-based arts programs. As a member of the Big Apple Playback Theatre company from 2008-2016, I led workshops and conducted anti-bullying trainings in the Northeast Tri-State area and in Frankfurt, Germany. I also have studied at the Developmental Transformations (DvT) Institute East and presented at a number of conferences, including the North American Drama Therapy Association and the Expressive Arts Summit.
Having returned to LA to start my private practice, I am currently on faculty with the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and the SoCal Drama Therapy Centre as well as a group therapist at Reasons Eating Disorder Clinic and Serenity Detox Center.
AREAS OF TREATMENT
- Anxiety and stress
- Life transitions
- New parenthood and motherhood
- Addiction and family systems
- Creativity and creative blocks
- Adolescent development
- Couples and marriage support
- Eating disorders
- Loss and grief
- Clinical supervision
“Danielle is a fearless and passionate drama therapist. Danielle enters spaces – externally and internally, which could be categorized as marginalized, forbidden, or daunting. She brings relentless creativity and play to her work, finding most unexpected places to infuse embodied and projected methods to undertake the dramatic therapeutic process. She is present and attuned to her clients and her working environments in a way that allows an inner freedom to emerge from closed off parts of her clients’ selves, while attending to the real dynamics of the external worlds that her clients inhabit and that she is a part of. I have worked with Danielle in a number of settings and can say with no hesitation that she dives all the way into her work with courage, grace, and levity. She is a gift to the individual and group processes of therapy.” – I.S.