Dana Hall's approach to therapy centers on an empathetic, transparent, and strength-based counseling style. Her specialties include assisting clients coping with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma/recovery, and relational issues in removing self-imposed obstacles, and making healthier choices, while navigating life and relationships more effectively.
Dana has an extensive background working in the field of education and mental health. She holds advanced degrees in clinical psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois with over 15 years of experience in the field.
Before entering private practice she worked for several of the top therapeutic treatment facilities, served as a crisis management specialist, professional consultant, educator, and supervisor. Her passion and love of the arts led her to become a founding member of the first public high school for the arts in Chicago, where she developed their Wellness & Counseling Department.
She has since transitioned back to private practice to get back to her professional roots. She feels the therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful and unique opportunities we have to bring about lasting change; therefore she respects the integrity of each client's process and her ability to walk some of life's journey together with her clients.
Her motto has become: "Every day is your chance to make your life what you would like it to be."
She practices a blend of researched-based clinical orientations to enrich her holistic approach to psychotherapy such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Theory- which are adjusted & tailored to fit each client's needs and goals.
Since she is also well-versed in the school-system and holds a educational Type 73- she welcomes the opportunity to consult on IEP and 504 plans. She has taught courses at the college level on Mindfulness, DBT, Gender Dysphoria and is an experienced group leader along with an avid researcher and life-long learner, priding herself on utilizing best-practices to treat a host of mental health disorders.
Her specialties include but are not limited to: Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety/Bi-Polar), Addiction, Gender Dysphoria, Trauma, Life Transitions, Couples Counseling, Family Conflict, and acting out behaviors.
In addition she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).
“I believe in acceptance of all humans regardless of any emotional, physical or psychological burdens they may carry. I do not shy away from any issue or person, and carry no judgment or fear into my clinical work. I believe in authenticity and healing. Therapy needs to be a safe place to explore.”