Daniela Perone, Ph.D.
I’m Daniela. I am a psychologist, but you might also call me a healer, cheerleader, truth-bomb dropper, and a bridge between worlds.
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.”
I make pointed observations to help you see what was previously unseen.
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 unapologetic 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.
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.
In addition to working with the challenges that are common in our 20s and 30s, I also treat the following concerns:
Anxiety, panic, overwhelming stress, and trauma
Relapse prevention for those in recovery from substances and loved ones of addicts
Depression and Dark Night of the Soul
Acute and chronic mind-body issues, especially gastrointestinal conditions
Relationship with others: intimacy, real or feared abandonment, trust, self-expression, communication, boundary setting, abuse recovery
Relationship with self: self-awareness, self-discovery, self-esteem, self-love, body image
Spirituality and existential concerns: life purpose, meaning, bonding with Nature, connection to Self/Higher Power/Universe/God, etc., spiritual emergencies and frightening spiritual experiences, wounding from spiritual leaders, social concerns in spiritual communities