Danae Powers, M.S. LMFT

Danae Powers, M.S. LMFT

Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 52528
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 24813
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Office 1
228 E Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, California 91006 - United States
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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: CLIENT FEES:
$180 per 90-minute Intake session
$120 per 50-minute Individual, Couple, or Family session

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FEES:
$60 per 120-minute Group Clinical Supervision session
$90 per 60-minute Individual Clinical Supervision session
$30 per 15-minute Professional Consultation session

Superbills available to clients requesting possible insurance reimbursement for out-of-network (OON) providers.

An initial, no-cost phone consultation (up to 15 minutes) is available.

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Life is about relationships... Make yours GROW! We all experience the challenges of life in different ways but are able to heal in similar ways. Every individual, couple, and family brings their own strengths (no matter how long unused or forgotten) to our work together. I work with you according to the goals for treatment we set together to identify these strengths and enhance them while minimizing (or eliminating) the patterns and habits that keep you stuck.

Email or Call Danae Powers, M.S. LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24813

More Info About My Practice

CLIENT FEES:
$180 per 90-minute Intake session
$120 per 50-minute Individual, Couple, or Family session

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FEES:
$60 per 120-minute Group Clinical Supervision session
$90 per 60-minute Individual Clinical Supervision session
$30 per 15-minute Professional Consultation session

Superbills available to clients requesting possible insurance reimbursement for out-of-network (OON) providers.

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

I specialize in working with couples (at any stage of their relationship - togetherness, separation, blending of families) on issues of communication, trust, and parenting. I also work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with issues of Abuse/Trauma/Violence, Adjustments to Life Transitions, Adolescent-Parent Dynamics, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Infertility, Infidelity, and Personal/Relationship Healing/Growth.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

"Wait... you want me to open my deepest, darkest self to a STRANGER?!?"

If you've never tried it, or you've had a bad experience, the idea of therapy can seem very scary. The most important part of therapy is to find a therapist who fits you. For this reason, I offer a no-cost phone consultation (up to 15 minutes) if you desire so that you can ask some basic questions before even scheduling an initial session. This is not a therapy session and we don't work on changing anything during this time. It is a time for you to get a sense of how I communicate and ask about my practice and how we might work together.

The foundation of therapy is the relationship built between the therapist and client(s). It is necessary in order to provide a supportive, safe place for you to be able to challenge yourself to change as an individual, partner, and/or family member. When this foundation is in place, clients often say that it is refreshing, relieving, and/or powerful to have someone they can talk to who is not invested in the outcome of any problem other than the client's best interest.

It must be said that effective therapy elicits change. When you change, it changes the dynamics of your relationships. We always hope that this will lead to better for you, but it is important to note that sometimes therapy can bring awareness of other pain or lead to others in your life reacting differently to a different you. I am committed to helping my clients understand the possible impact.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Why therapy when you have a good friend or trusted family member to talk to? Maybe therapy isn't your first or only choice. However, when your concerns are related to that person, go beyond their ability to help, or are not something you want to talk to them about, therapy can be a great choice to find the support you desire to work through whatever issues are concerning you.

Therapy aims to help you realize that you are not alone, you're not the only person who's ever experienced your concern, you're not undeserving of help or beyond help, how you feel isn't wrong, and you do have the power to change.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love to teach and learn. To me, that is what therapy is about. I bring to you the benefit of my education through academic, personal, and professional experience so that I can teach different and better ways of being. But, equally important, I also come to learn of your experiences, feelings, and thoughts so that I can be in partnership with you all along the way.

To me there is nothing more rewarding than those moments when you come to believe that you really do have what it takes to change some aspect of yourself or your relationship, career, or other part of life and that you now know how to get unstuck and move forward. In pursuit of these moments, I continue to be amazed by how strong you are, even when you don't see it - and I rejoice in the time when I can remind you of your strength.

It is exciting to be a partner in planting the seeds for healing and positive change, even though I don't always get to see the bloom as you move forward outside of therapy, building on the strength and skills you brought to treatment and combining those with the skills and knowledge you take from it.

My Role as a Therapist

As your therapist, I hold many roles. At the same time, or at different times, I may be: a sounding board for your thoughts/feelings; a container to hold your pain when you cannot; an educator in what is normal about your thoughts/feelings or what is allowed/expected behavior in some area of life; a coach for skill-building; a model for communication/boundaries; a reality-checker of your thoughts/behavior; a cheerleader of your accomplishments; a student of your experiences; and more.

It is not within my various roles as your therapist to be your: friend, romantic/sexual interest/partner, co-worker, family member, faith-based institution leader/member, professor, clinical supervisor, or another relationship in which we know each other outside of sessions. Therefore, I discuss with all clients at the beginning of treatment what they can expect should we incidentally meet each other outside of therapy.

My Therapy Focus

I primarily practice from a cognitive-behavioral treatment model with a focus on brief therapy (6 - 12 sessions). Having been trained in many other theories and therapies, I incorporate them into my work with you as appropriate to meet your needs.

Having completed any length of therapy, I welcome you to return for booster/reminder/"Get me unstuck from this again because I can't figure out how this is like what I saw you for before" sessions as you need.

We might choose to continue session beyond the above-mentioned brief therapy for one or more of four reasons: 1) the issue is more complex than what we can resolve within a brief therapy format, 2) you desire a deeper understanding regarding what caused the problem(s) you're experiencing, 3) we are working with symptoms requiring medication management or long-term life adjustments, or 4) you have received the benefit of what you came to therapy for but now have other therapeutic goals.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

In General...
To help you, I'll need to know what/who you want help with, how you want me to help, and what you want to get out of therapy. You don't have to have all of the answers when you start therapy - we can work together to figure it out.

The Specifics...
During our first session together we will review and/or complete the following documents/forms:
- Notice of Privacy Practices... A document explaining my responsibilities to protect the confidentiality of your information and your rights as my client(s)
- Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices... A form verifying your receipt of my "Notice of Privacy Practices"
- Informed Consent and Authorization for Psychotherapy... A document explaining my commitment to you and your responsibilities as my client(s)

We will also discuss your:
- Demographic Information
- Financial Information
- Areas of Concern
- Medical and Psychiatric History
- Substance Use and Addiction History
- Abuse, Violence, and Harm to Self or Others History
- Other Information (relevant to your treatment or that you want me to know)

There may be additional forms for our review and your signature(s) as appropriate to your chosen course of treatment. At the end of our session, I will provide you with copies of each document you've signed.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

#1: DO NO HARM.
Okay, most of us know this as a concept that is part of a medical doctor's oath, but it's just as true for therapists and many other professionals. Do no harm means to me that I...
- Treat you with respect
- Maintain professional objectivity and a non-judgmental stance
- Protect your confidentiality (discussed in detail with you at our initial session)
- Refer you to other therapists if I determine that I'm unable to work with you (at any point) for any reason (e.g., your issue is outside of my training and/or experience)
- Uphold other legal and ethical obligations as a therapist (discussed with you at our initial session)

#2: Are you benefiting from treatment with me?
I will only continue to see you if you can reasonably be expected to receive therapeutic benefit from working with me. This goes beyond just feeling good from having someone to talk to - you must be receiving skills, insight, support, etc., and able to benefit from this, in order for me to continue working with you.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

If you're on the fence about going to therapy, I invite you to contact me for a no-cost phone consultation (up to 15 minutes) to discuss your concerns. You can tell me as much or as little as you want during this time. My goal in offering this service is to help you to determine whether therapy at this time might be a good fit for your concerns (regardless of whether or not you become my client).

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

If you've had a negative therapy experience, you might be wanting to avoid therapy no matter how great the problems are that you're experiencing. In my experience, most negative therapy experiences are related to an ill-fit between the therapist and the client(s).

If you are thinking about getting into therapy once again, I encourage you to research at least a few therapists who are local to you and who work with clients experiencing similar concern(s) to those you have. I then recommend that you "meet" with them via phone/email/face-to-face consultation in order to determine who might best meet your current needs.

If your negative therapy experience was related to unethical or illegal conduct on the part of your past therapist, please contact their governing board.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

#1: Fit
- Gut Instinct: Do you feel the therapist genuinely wants to help you, wants to learn more about your problem and how it affects your life, and that they care about doing what's in your best interest? [NOTE: This is not talking about snap judgments made in your THOUGHTS but rather in your true FEELINGS as your reflect upon any interaction(s) you've had with the therapist]
- Approach: Does the therapist's view of why therapy works, what the therapist/client relationship involves, etc. work for you?

#2: Price
- Can you afford their fee (whether or not you're billing insurance) once a week (or other frequency as determined between therapist and you)?

#3: Location
- Are they local enough that you are able to commit to being there once a week (or other frequency as determined between therapist and you)?

#4: Consider Other Factors of Importance to You
- Do you want your therapist to be of a certain gender/sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, past problem constellation (e.g., ex-substance abuser), age, etc. for you to consider seeing them for treatment?
NOTE: I believe that most therapists can help you even though they haven't specifically experienced what you've experienced. This is because no matter the similarities of our experiences, we all react/respond to these experiences differently - therefore, no one other person truly experience something in exactly the same way you or I do.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I knew by the age of 4 that I was not perfect: I resisted napping when we were told to do so in pre-school. At school and, later, at home, I was told I was wrong. I don't recall what I thought/felt/did at the time in reaction to this, but, I do know that this is the first time I recall being "in the wrong" according to someone else.

The example above is quite innocuous. I share it simply as an illustration of how young we can be when we realize we don't live up to others' expectations. I have experienced my own challenges, trials, and traumas in life. I lived through them and found a way, sometimes with the help of family, friends, a therapist, or others to thrive. I truly believe you can, too.

Therapy requires an honest relationship between your therapist and you. Though I limit self-disclosure with clients (your time with me is about you, not me), I bring not just my professional clinical experience and education to the table, but, also, my personal experience. I believe in being genuine with my clients. I have found that many of the questions my clients have asked me over time are really about whether or not I can actually help them. So... sometimes, in response to their question, I will ask something like, "Why do you ask?" or "How would that help you to know right now?". However, sometimes a question is just a question and I believe these types of questions can help build our relationship. If a client asks me one of these, I simply answer truthfully.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

Many people are concerned about therapy because they don't want...
- Anyone to figure out they're just a fraud in life - they don't really know anything
- To be (or to be perceived as) weak
- To be told they're "crazy" or that they have a "mental illness"
- Someone else to know they're in therapy in order to avoid conflict/violence/judgment
- To tell anyone their deepest secrets that they think are (or are contributing to) their problem
- To admit to their self (or anyone else) that they "can't"/"won't" do it on their own
- People to think they're "crazy" or some other negative description
- To know what's "wrong" with them because they're afraid they can't, or are not ready to, change
- Etc.

I want to help you to navigate your concerns about therapy so that you can find the support you want/need.

Some of this can be addressed in an initial no-cost phone consultation (up to 15 minutes) with me where you can tell me only what you want me to know during that time in order for you to get some information from me to see if I seem like someone you can trust enough to meet with.

At our initial session, we meet for about 90 minutes to gather the information I need (see the "What I Usually Need to Know to Help" section) to see if I can help you and to see if you think I am someone you can work with.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

As humans, we tend to understand concepts within the framework of categories. Thus, we have a diagnostic system that allows us to label and communicate about "disorders". However, this is where the benefit of naming a "disorder" ends. The relationship between you and your therapist and treatment planning must go beyond labels and focus on your experiences and needs. You are not bipolar, schizophrenic, or borderline. You may be experiencing characteristics or symptoms of these or other "disorders" but you are a person who is experiencing distress or pain... you are not the "disorder."

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

I see you, regardless of modality (individual, couples, family) at least once weekly for the first 4-6 sessions in order for us to build a relationship with each other and for all parties involved to determine if we're a good fit to work together.

Beyond the first 4-6 sessions: When seeing you for...
- Individual therapy: I usually see you weekly, but, on occasion will stretch the time between sessions to every 2 weeks so that you have time to work on "homework assignments". As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be every 3-4 weeks.
- Couple or Family therapy: I usually see you every 1 to 2 weeks, but, on occasion will stretch the time to 3 or 4 weeks so that you have time to work on "homework assignments". As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be every 1 to 2 months.
- Group therapy: You are expected to attend sessions weekly as your commitment is not just to me but the group.

What Makes up a Problem?

"How do I know it's actually a problem?" You know that what you're thinking/feeling/doing is a problem when it starts getting in the way of your life. If... important people in your life are having a problem with you, you're not moving where you want to go, you feel stuck, you can't seem to let go, etc., then you have a problem.

Does having a problem mean it's someone else's problem? Maybe. Does having a problem mean that you're broken, crazy, eternally flawed, or beyond help? No. Having a problem simply means you need to do something different than what you've been doing.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples (together, separating, separated), Parents

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Jealousy
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Acceptance Training
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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