Danae Powers, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
For information on Danae’s mental health professional development services, please visit: danaepowers.com.
• Personal Growth
• Couple Communication
• Senior Issues
• Separation & Divorce
• Blended Families
THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
For adults: ages 24/+
Available during any stage of your relationship to help you meet your own needs in the relationship and those of your partner
To focus on relationships such as co-parenting between separated or divorced couples and parent & child reunification
For you and one or more loved one(s) (e.g., family or household member) who desire to come together in working toward a common goal
My passion for creating more opportunities for people to find their best therapy-fit, while creating a superior training experience for therapists, led me to collaborate with Shawntres Parks, LMFT in starting Parks & Powers Psychotherapy.
I am excited to help clients to increase their understanding of what has brought them to therapy and to build their skills in order to reach their therapy goals so that they can move forward more successfully.
I particularly enjoy working with:
• men who are healing from their past, especially as it is impacting their current relationships
Much of my work with individuals is with those who are healing from abuse, loss, and/or grief and/or who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
I generally work with couples (and ex-couples) who are seeking support for concerns such as trust/communication, pre-cohabitation/pre-marital concerns, healing from infidelity, a healthier separation/divorce process, and/or better co-parenting after a separation/divorce.
My work with families is often with blended/“step” families coming together, families experiencing parenting challenges with their minor and/or adult children, and facilitating the reunification process between children and their previously estranged parents.
Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups and with clients from age 4 to 77. I have extensive experience in working with client concerns such as: anxiety, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, parenting, substance use, trauma, and military veteran issues. Seeing clients since 2009, I have been blessed to assist a wide variety of clients in multiple community mental health and school settings in addition to those I see in private practice.
In private practice since 2012, I am also a Clinical Supervisor at South Coast Community Services in Upland, CA [July 2018 – present] (specialty community mental health). Previously, I was with Santa Anita Family Service in Monrovia, CA [September 2009 – September 2018] (community mental health), most recently as their Director of Clinical Services and Training, and was a Clinical Supervisor at Project Sister Family Services in Pomona, CA [September 2014 – August 2015] (community mental health focusing on sexual trauma).
• Master of Science, Psychology (emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy)
• Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Sciences
• Associate of Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Purpose of Therapy
Why therapy when you have a good friend or trusted family member to talk to?
Maybe therapy isn’t your first, or only, choice. However, when your concerns are related to the person(s) you might normally go to for support, go beyond their ability to help, or are not something you want to talk to them about, therapy can be a great choice to find the support you desire to work through whatever issues are concerning you.
Therapy aims to help you realize that you are not alone, you’re not the only person who’s ever experienced your concern, you’re not undeserving of help or beyond help, how you feel isn’t wrong, and you do have the power to heal and change.
How I Can Help
“Wait… you want me to open my deepest, darkest self to a STRANGER?!?”
If you’ve never been in therapy, or you’ve had a bad experience, the idea of starting therapy can seem very scary.
The most important part of therapy is to find a therapist who fits you. For this reason, I offer an initial no-cost consultation (up to 15 minutes) so that you can ask some basic questions before scheduling an intake session. This is not a therapy session and we don’t work on changing anything during this time. Rather, it’s an opportunity for you to get a sense of how I communicate, learn about my practice, and decide how we might work together as well as for me to gather enough information to determine if I believe that I’m a good fit for you and your therapy goals.
The foundation of therapy is the relationship built between us. It is necessary in order to provide a supportive, safe place for you to be able to challenge yourself to heal and change. When this foundation is in place, clients often say that it is refreshing, relieving, and/or powerful to have someone they can talk to who is not invested in the outcome of any problem other than their best interest.
My Approach to Helping
We all experience the challenges of life in different ways but are able to heal in similar ways. You bring your own strengths (no matter how long unused or forgotten) to our work together. I work with you according to the therapy goals we set together to identify these strengths and enhance them while minimizing (or eliminating) the patterns that keep you stuck.
My Role as Your Therapist
At the same time, or at different times, I may be:
• a sounding board for your thoughts and feelings;
• a container to hold your pain when you cannot;
• an educator in what is normal about your thoughts and feelings or what is allowed or expected behavior in some area of life;
• a coach for skill-building;
• a model for communication and boundaries;
• a reality-checker of your thoughts and behavior;
• a cheerleader of your accomplishments; and/or
• a student of your experiences.
My Therapy Approach
I practice as an eclectic therapist. This means that I incorporate a variety of psychological theory and therapy models in my work, depending on which will best help you meet your therapy goals.
These range from cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a short-term focus on symptom relief, to psychodynamic therapy, for a longer term focus on how your past is impacting your present. There are many that fall between these two models as they relate to length of therapy or that are used for specific concerns.
Frequency of Therapy
We will generally meet once weekly for the first 4-6 sessions. During these sessions, we focus on establishing our relationship and working to alleviate some of the most pressing issues you’re experiencing.
Couple, Conjoint, or Family Therapy
We will generally continue to meet every 1 to 2 weeks and will sometimes increase the time between sessions to 3 or 4 weeks so that you have opportunities to practice what we’ve worked on in session. As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be once every 1 to 2 months until we end therapy.
We will generally continue to meet weekly and will sometimes increase the time between sessions to 2 weeks so that you have opportunities to practice what we’ve worked on in session. As you accomplish your goals in therapy, sessions may be once every 3 to 4 weeks until we end therapy.
Duration of Therapy
Ideally, therapy ends when you’ve met your therapy goals that we set in the beginning. However, you may choose to end therapy at any time and for any reason.
Having attended any length of therapy, I welcome you to return for sessions as you need or desire. Sometimes we need a session as a:
• reminder, or
• “Get me unstuck from this – because I can’t figure out how this is like what I saw you for before.”
A Bit More…
I love to learn and teach. To me, that is what being a therapist is about.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in assisting you as you work through relational issues and am also able to assist you with a multitude of other concerns. We will work together to determine your therapy goals and how to best meet those goals so that our time together is both effective and efficient.
I bring to you the benefit of my education through professional, academic, and personal experience so that I can introduce to you different ways of being, all in alignment with your values. And, equally important, I also come to learn of your experiences, feelings, and thoughts so that I can truly be in partnership with you along the way.
Providing psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and clinical training in both community and specialty community mental health agency settings, as well as schools and private practice, has afforded me the opportunity over the years to work with a wide variety of clients and their clinical concerns.
I am also experienced in working in close collaboration with other professionals who are involved in your case, such as lawyers, social workers, doctors, schools, probation officers, and other psychotherapists.
I look forward to answering any questions you may have about how we might work together to best address your goals for therapy.
Life is about relationships… Make yours GROW!
There is nothing more rewarding to me than those moments when you come to believe that you really do have what it takes to change some aspect of yourself or your relationship, career, or other part of life and that you now know how to get “unstuck” and move forward.
In pursuit of these moments, I continue to be amazed by how strong you are, even when you don’t see it – and I rejoice in the times when I can remind you of your strength. It is exciting to be a partner in planting the seeds for healing and positive change, even though I don’t always get to see the bloom as you move forward outside of therapy, building on the strength and skills you brought to treatment and combining those with the skills and knowledge you take from it.