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Danielle Swinton, LMSW

Providing virtual therapy to Maryland residents only. Accepts CareFirst/Anthem/BlueCross BluShield, United HealthCare and Cigna Insurance only.

My clinical focus includes helping her clients understand how the mind and brain influence performance and how to apply mental strategies to help improve performance. Further, as a woman of color and working professional, I work with clients to explore and understand how the mind and brain influence performance in day-today living and how to apply mental strategies to help improve outcomes in relationships, at work, at home and overall existence and wellbeing. My interests and expertise also include grief related to life transitions, overall wellbeing and connection to self. I have developed clinical skills for working with trauma, identity, parenting, career issues, grief and loss, as well as emotional and behavioral issues as it relates to athletes. I collaborate with clients to explore unconscious thoughts; uncover the genesis of certain behavioral patterns;  identify cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses to stress, distress and threats to safety; process unresolved or repressed experiences and identify and address emotions. While this process begins in our hour-long virtual sessions, clients will be encouraged to continue the work outside of sessions.

 

I use CBT to help clients understand the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In this process, they are able to identify and implement strategies to help alleviate or eliminate distress which causes, maintains or exacerbates anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD and more. Specifically, my clients learn how to identify faulty thinking patterns, how to challenge and reframe unhelpful or distressing thoughts, and how to activate appropriate behavior and response. Overall, my approach in counseling is person centered, strength based, and goal oriented. I prioritize establishing trust, emotional/psychological safety and having a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I also incorporate mind-body work, solution focused, goal oriented, short term approach to therapy. She works with clients to process their experiences, belief systems, thought processes and societal influences. I understand the need for specialized support in order to assist with cultural identity, performance anxiety, burnout and other stress factors.

 

During therapy, I blend social justice and clinical frameworks to support clients in self-exploration, affirming identities, confronting the impact of biases and discrimination, resolve how family and other  systems affect them psychologically and build or strengthen interpersonal relationships. 

I remain open, sensitive and responsive to clients' needs and use culturally appropriate interventions to offer support and direction related to relational trauma; family-of-origin difficulties; self-esteem; parent-child relationship challenges; racial, sexual, ethnic, spiritual identity etc. I'll respond to emails within hours.

I attended Tulane University's School of Social Work and earned 

Master of Social Work prior to becoming certified by the Maryland Board of Professional Therapists and Counselors to provide supervised assessment, diagnostic and therapy treatment services. ​

 

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