Dawn Altman

M.S., N.C.C.

Dawn Altman

M.S., N.C.C.

Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a certified professional.
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Offices

28 Garrett Avenue
Suite 202
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010

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My Approach to Helping

I believe that unhappiness, depression, anxiety, and unhealthy or addictive behaviors are symptoms of a deeper issue, whose root cause must be treated in order to fully heal. My approach to therapy is multi-faceted, and is grounded in the principles of psychodynamic, relational, and attachment theory. Often, what ails us in the present has its roots in the past. Therefore, we may visit the past to learn and to heal, while focusing on steps we can take in the present to help us live more vibrantly. Asking ourselves deep, meaningful questions leads to the beginning of powerful transformation.

In addition to my Master's Degree in Counseling from Villanova University, I hold certificates in both Trauma and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from Bryn Mawr College, and have extensive training with the Philadelphia Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have a deep interest in Jungian Psychology, and have had the privilege of studying with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Colorado for the past 8 years, and am currently enrolled in the Jungian Seminar through the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts.

More Info About My Practice

My practice is conveniently located in Bryn Mawr, within walking distance to Villanova University, and several train stations. I have early morning hours, as well as occasional Saturday hours if needed.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Studies have shown that the most important factor for a successful outcome in therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. One of my best skills as a therapist is my ability to connect deeply with my clients, forming a safe and trusting bond. This safety and trust in our alliance is what allows for healing and transformation to take place. It is my strong belief that I cannot be of help to others on their path of healing if I am not continually working on my own individual and professional development. I am deeply committed to my own professional, personal, and spiritual development, and regularly participate in clinical supervision and postgraduate training, workshops, and conferences for professional development in an effort to maintain the highest standards for myself and for my clients.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have extensive experience working with young women struggling with issues related to eating and poor body image. My background as a yoga teacher informs my work with clients, allowing me to incorporate somatic practices into therapy. I have a particular interest in working with women or men experiencing a life transition such as divorce or other loss, as well as those seeking out meaning in their lives.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Young Adult Issues
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