Associate Staff Therapist
Daniele is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who uses a humanistic, genuine approach to build trusting therapeutic relationships. Daniele treats trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, and offers LGBTQ+ affirmative, culturally sensitive therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.
Through the approaches of play, art, and developmentally appropriate discussion, Daniele helps children and teens learn in a way that feels safe and natural. She is passionate about helping young people and their families learn tools for managing emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Daniele also uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to help adult clients develop more effective coping skills. With roots in attachment theory, Daniele also assists clients in gaining insight into old patterns and core beliefs. By learning how past informs present, clients are able to work more successfully toward their goals. Ultimately, she strives to help clients build more meaningful relationships, self-respect, and greater engagement with daily life.
Daniele holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she concentrated on the treatment of children and adolescents and worked as a school counselor with Counseling Partners of Los Angeles. With an interest in research, Daniele studied risk and resilience in young adults in Dr. Gayla Margolin’s USC Family Studies Project. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Daniele examined the long-term effects of children’s exposure to the September 11th World Trade Center attacks with the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at Columbia University and NY State Psychiatric Institute in New York, NY. In addition, Daniele has worked in education, providing individualized learning and behavioral support to help students with disabilities succeed.
Daniele was comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Dr. Tony DuBose and Dr. André Ivanoff through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech and received dedicated training in DBT for Adolescents & Families under Dr. Alec Miller and Dr. Jill Rathus. Additionally, Daniele has completed trainings in mindfulness through Mindful USC and in Suicide Prevention through Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. To further her knowledge of trauma treatment, Daniele gained experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma under Dr. Lata K. McGinn & Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola. Daniele is also an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
As a Primary DBT Therapist and Skills Group Leader for adults and adolescents, as well as in private practice, Daniele works with clients to identify areas of strength, resilience, and capacity for positive change.