Daniela Perone, Ph.D.
I’m Daniela. I am a psychologist, but you might also call me a healer, cheerleader, embodied listener, bridge between worlds, compassionate truth teller, and an earnest seeker.
If you are new to therapy, it can seem scary. If you aren’t new to therapy, it can STILL seem scary. Trust is a big one for all of us and if you’ve been hurt in the past, it can feel like a huge risk to be this vulnerable, especially with a stranger. Therapy, when done well, can provide that sense of trust and safety that we didn’t know we needed until we finally get it. That’s when we can breath a huge sigh of relief and all kinds of healing magic happens.
I am not your typical “buttoned up” therapist who will sit back and nod while you open your heart and soul to me. I keep it real. I am engaged, interactive, and dynamic. I ask thoughtful questions geared towards helping you go deeper into yourself for the answers you already have within. My clients often say things like “oh wow, no one has ever asked me that before” or “I’ve never thought of it that way before.” With increased awareness, you have the clarity you need to forgive those who have hurt you, release thoughts or beliefs that don’t serve you, and find the courage to take the bold steps toward the fulfilling life you didn’t know you deserved to have. I also compassionately hold space for difficult emotions to run their course and for healing to emerge. I can show you how you can be your authentic self, find your voice, and feel closer to others.
I love what I do and I experience great fulfillment from my work. But my journey to this place wasn’t always rosy. I want to break the facade that therapists don’t have pains and pasts of our own. I have gone to some deep, dark places too. I feel a great sense of strength and confidence from my own emergence from them and a fearlessness in going to those places with others. I can light the way.
The following are qualities and values that I aim to embody and help foster in my clients.
My clients appreciate that I am a real person and not stuffy or preachy. I am direct and honest with them. I help my clients clarify and discern among their thoughts and feelings for what is true to them so that they may better express themselves. I support clients working towards greater assertiveness, honesty, and self expression.
I believe in taking risks to pursue the life we want. I challenge my clients to push outside of their comfort zones and to identify ways they have made choices that go against their heart's desires. I also help them counter fear, panic, and anxiety with tools to achieve inner peace, self confidence, and a willingness to engage life's challenges.
I am an Italian scorpio from New York. Passion seeps from my pores. I help my clients connect to their hearts, be in touch with their emotions so that they can heal what hurts them and open up to their deepest, latent passions.
I am an empath. That means I am deeply attuned to others’ feelings. I listen empathically and without judgment, two components that are essential to feeling safe in therapy and to develop the trust necessary for deep emotional healing. Other empaths love working with me because, well, I empathize. I know what it is like to feel all the things. But I also know, use, and teach healthy boundaries so that the empathy that others love about you need not cripple you.
Because laughter is medicine, that's why.
This one is important. If you want to know yourself and be ok with yourself, you need to be willing and able to cultivate stillness within and without. All the inner and outer busyness and noise are not only drivers for anxiety and depression, but they are also ways in which we lose touch with our selves. They contribute to confusion, indecisiveness, overwhelm, fear. I get that being still might be new and weird to you. It's just not how we were raised here in the Western part of the world. Teaching stillness and adapting it to each person's unique personality and lifestyle, is a significant component of how I help. Addressing the discomfort that arises if you are new to solitary and quiet activities is how we lay the groundwork to discovering stillness and inner peace.
Credentials and Training Background
My technical title is Clinical Psychologist. I am dually licensed by the North Carolina and California Boards of Psychology (NC 5123, CA 26146). I earned my doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA where my training and studies integrated Western and Eastern approaches to psychotherapy and research.
During graduate school and the years following, I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient medical clinics, inpatient and outpatient gender-specific addiction recovery programs, and years in private practice in both California and North Carolina. I've been working in the mental health field in various capacities since 2005.
I am certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the somatic treatment of trauma in which the physical body is the main focus in the treatment. To learn more about this treatment approach, please visit http://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/articles.html
I am trained in the use of clinical hypnosis as well. Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to help with processing emotions, alleviating stress and anxiety, increasing self awareness, and solidifying and anchoring our personal goals into our lives. To learn more, visit http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/FAQsAboutHypnosis.aspx
I am also a trained yoga teacher. I have been practicing since 2006. I completed my teacher training in 2013. I incorporate aspects of yoga (such as breathing or postures) into therapy when appropriate. If you are an already practicing yogi, then I can help you incorporate aspects of your personal therapy into your practice and vice versa for a truly deepened healing experience.
1135 Kildaire Farm Rd, Ste 200
Cary, Wake County 27511