Biography: Daniele began her journey in the mental health field as a young college student. She mentored for the Barrow County School System where she developed a deeper love for working with children and adolescents. In 2014, she began working with a team of mental health professionals through administration and outreach until she began graduate school to follow her passion for helping others. During her graduate school career, Daniele worked with adults of all ages through the Hall County Drug Court program in Gainesville, GA. Additionally, she facilitated a national bully-prevention initiative for elementary school girls at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, GA. After graduate school, Daniele began working with the Gwinnett County Justice System in many different ways. She has worked with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and furthered assisted in family reunification for the legal system. Following this, Daniele became a Certified Family Violence Intervention Program Facilitator and currently serves as an executive committee member on Gwinnett County’s Family Violence Task Force implementing awareness in the community. Through her dedication, Daniele was the recipient of the 2019 Task Force Member of the Year. Daniele has worked with individuals, families, and children/adolescents for over two years in a clinical setting. Through this “in-the-trenches” community work, Daniele has received the invaluable perspective on human resilience and wisdom and walks the earth with a compassionate heart. In 2020, Daniele joined Northeast Georgia Counseling as a play therapist.
Experience & Specialties: Daniele is an Associate Professional Counselor (APC) who has been counseling children for over two years and working with children for ten years. Daniele practices from a Child Centered perspective, using directive and non-directive play to connect to children and help them explore and process their thoughts and feelings about the world around them. Daniele works with children experiencing emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, and parent/child conflict. She has also worked with children who have behavioral, developmental and learning concerns. Daniele has training in Play Therapy, Theraplay, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Additionally, Daniele utilizes elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Solution-Focused therapies to meet the unique needs of her clients. Daniele provides a comfortable and fun environment for children to express themselves freely. She is a member of the Georgia Association for Play Therapy and Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
Education: Daniele received her Bachelor’s of Science from The University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.
Hobbies: Daniele enjoys exploring the outdoors. When she’s not working with her kiddos, you can find Daniele hiking a mountain trail, kayaking, camping or enjoying a picnic at the park. She enjoys traveling to new places and loves visiting theme parks, especially Disney World! Daniele also has a creative side. She enjoys crafts and handmaking jewelry for local boutiques and artisan festivals. As a believer in the mind-body connection, you can find Daniele practicing mindfulness through yoga. When she isn’t exploring or creating something new, Daniele enjoys unwinding and watching Netflix with her ten-year-old Shih Tzu, Dooney, and her five-year-old Holland Lop rabbit, Bourke.
“Play turns out to be so stunningly essential to childhood. It’s like love, sunshine, & broccoli all juiced together”-Lenore Skenazy
“NEVER EVER underestimate the importance of having fun”-Randy Pausch
Contact Information: Daniele@northeastgacounseling.com
Insurance Plans: Not currently accepting insurance. Please call for Daniele’s reduced rate.