Dana Mooney, MA, LMHC, LPC
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL): MH13991
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO): LPC.0013869
University of Central Florida
Master of Arts in Counselor Education (2013)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2010)
What will therapy look like?
For starters, here is a picture of the cozy therapy couch!
Therapy can take a lot of shapes depending on your needs. At the core, I am a person-centered therapist. This means I believe that you are a complete and multifaceted human, an expert on your own life. You don't need anyone to "fix" you, because you are not broken. My job is to be with you as your story unfolds, and help you access your inner strengths to reach your goals.
I also use a blend of mindfulness-based strategies and cognitive behavioral therapy, as the research points to these as the most effective methods for helping clients feel better.
Walk and Talk Therapy
If you're wanting to bolster your self-care practice during talk therapy, I offer "Walk and Talk" sessions on the grounds of Nature's Oak Wellness Center.
Evidence suggests that being in green spaces, physical activity, and absorbing sunlight helps with:
- Mood regulation
- Dampening stress response
- Managing depression and anxiety symptoms
For many, allowing the body to make physical progress through movement helps the mind process more efficiently and effectively.
How does mindfulness fit into therapy?
As a person-centered therapist, I act as a mirror for you to investigate yourself as you are right now. It’s difficult to make progress without settling in fully to the place you’re at. Together, we learn to bring awareness to tendencies that add to stress and suffering, and learn to sit with discomfort. We may also review basic mindfulness strategies to integrate into daily life, which have been shown to change brain and body chemistry with regular practice.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
We all have patterns that we fall into which are unhelpful, at best. They may be learned from our family, our friends, or the society we were born into. These patterns were likely ways we learned cope with pain and adversity at some point. But time goes on, and situations change, old coping strategies can become destructive.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we slow down the tendency we all have to be reactive to painful events, thoughts, or feelings, and fall into old habits. By looking at the ways thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact, we can identify which parts of the cycle we can change to start having more positive results. Sometimes this involves identifying common errors in thinking, updating old beliefs, or changing behaviors that feed into the negative cycle.
This type of therapy is centered in the "now". While we may look into the past for better understanding of why these thoughts and feelings are coming up, we generally do not dwell there. The focus is on retraining the brain to make new connections, and therefore have different, and more positive outcomes.