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Psychotherapy (​psyche = breath, spirit, or soul; therapeia = healing) is about getting to know ourselves and our family heritage more deeply. It is reconnecting with who we are and where we come from. Sometimes, parts of our story can become "secret" because of how much pain, anger, shame, or confusion they bring us. We start to fear these emotions, and avoidance becomes our primary function. We push down feelings with all our might yet struggle to let go. We evade shame at all costs but frequently lose track of its lessons and meaning. We cede control to the most fearful parts of our personality. It feels like acceptance is weakness, not strength. Our body, internal narrative, and perception of ourselves and the world remain restricted and automatic. The cycle of "painful sensation, judgmental thought, automatic reaction" repeats. 

When we share and examine our internal experiences with a trusted other,
we can free ourselves from the "unwelcome incursions of the past into our present." We are no longer "as sick as our secrets" because we no longer fear truth.
Self-awareness and mindfulness become precious.
Emotions become guiding messengers. We become best friends with our intuition.
We let ourselves experience feelings long enough
to see what we need to learn from them.
We make decisions based on love, compassion, and wisdom.  

We relax into the present moment.  
We make healthier decisions more naturally.  

We make time for our bodies to move and our minds to be still. We become highly attuned to what we put in our body and how it affects our brain health.
We choose gratitude each day, and we start to feel it.
We reconnect with the basic principles with which we seek to shape our lives.
We make decisions, large and small, based on our truest values.
Our values match our actions and integrity becomes second nature.
We become who we really are. ​

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

- Sir James Matthew Barrie

ABOUT

ABOUT

Daniel is a licensed clinical social worker and addiction specialist. He works with the full continuum of mental health issues, with expertise in addiction, compulsive behaviors, and severe mental illness. He has an educational background in

neuroscience, psychology, and clinical work with individuals, groups, and families.

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EXPERIENCE

Daniel has been working in mental health treatment for the last 10 years, and Master's level work for the last 7 years. He has worked in both prevention and treatment, including community health, correctional health, inpatient psychiatry, outpatient substance use, and medical emergency settings. He can work in tandem with your prescriber.

EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS

  • Syracuse University: BS in Neuroscience and Psychology 2014

  • Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work: MSW 2017

  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor 2021
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#983206)
  • SIFI-certified Field Instructor

SPECIALTIES

  • Addictions

  • ​Depression/Anxiety/Panic 

  • PTSD/complex trauma

  • Medical trauma/Illness anxiety

  • Shame and Self-esteem

  • ADHD/learning disabilities

  • OCD/compulsive behaviors

  • Bipolar affective disorders

  • Couples Work/Relationship issues

CONTACT

CONTACT

PHONE

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(332) 263-3111

If you think we might be a good fit, you can contact me by phone or message me on Psychology Today to schedule a free consultation. I generally return messages within 24-36 hours.

If you feel actively suicidal or in crisis, please call the Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 988. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

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