Dana Appling, LCSW

Dana Appling, LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 30065
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Office 1
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Full fee: $120 (1 hour); some sliding scale fees available
I do not work directly with insurance companies. I will provide the client with the information needed (diagnosis code(s) and dates of service) for reimbursement by their insurance company.

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I believe psychotherapy to be a path towards living our lives with more and more of ourselves available and present. The fuller our presence, the freer our lives become.

In some way, life as a human being is challenging for all of us. I believe that what is happening in present moment time--in one's inner life and out in the world; in relationship to one's self and to another--holds the key to unlocking the door to our suffering and to our deepest joys as well.

My approach in working with others is as a guide. I believe that we all have within us the resources to grow, heal and transform our lives, and often simply need a compassionate and experienced "other/presence" to both teach us tools and help us unlock the "treasure chest" of our true knowing.

In our work together, through the practices of inquiry (mindful investigation, questioning and understanding), embodiment (experiential, imaginal and body-centered) and relationship (direct experiencing of being with another), we can re-discover our innate capacity, tenacity, and resiliency, allowing for us to live more truly who we are free to be.

Email or Call Dana Appling, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 30065

More Info About My Practice

In addition to my individual work with clients, I offer group work processes that work with presence, awareness, and embodiment in a group setting, along with a strong "creativity" component. In group work, we can more deeply dive into relationship, directly experiencing what arises within ourselves as well as within the group as a whole. Together, we work with our barriers to intimacy while nourishing our strengths and capacities for contact and connection.

I also offer wilderness and nature-based retreats. The orientation and practices are similar to individual and group work processes, with a strong emphasis on re-discovering how to listen, sense and be in relationship with the natural world--something that is so vital to our humanity.

I work with teens and adults--individual and group work.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

family of origin issues
reclaiming "the child"
compulsions and obsessions
anxiety and fear
depression and despair
life cycle transitions
mid life challenges
grief and loss
loss of loved one through suicide
intimacy and relationship
questions of purpose and meaning
questions of religiosity, spirituality and faith
self inquiry for meditation practitioners

How Psychotherapy Can Help

It helped me! While in my 30's, I made a great discovery. I was simultaneously doing my own psychotherapy and practicing Vipassana meditation. Through my own direct experience, I came to know that both paths pointed to the truth of our innate capacity to find our way through our history, pain and consequent suffering. The result: living a more vital, joyous and embodied life.

Over decades of working with people, I have seen the same truth light up their life as well.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Other
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    People who have lost someone to suicide

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Authentic Movement
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Wilderness Therapy

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