Dana Kahn, MSW, LICSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. I have spent the majority of my career working in inpatient hospital settings, where I gained significant training and experience in the treatment of diverse individuals and families with a broad range of mental health concerns. Working in a private practice affords me the ability to maintain a continuing therapeutic relationship, and allows me to be present through times of crisis as well as the gradual process of personal growth.
I grew up in a family that passionately values social action. My parents recall my innate ability to connect with others, leading me to act as an “unofficial therapist” for my family and friends. These skills were paramount in my overcoming my own personal and family struggles and fostered resilience, which enables me to better support others throughout their own journeys.
My natural curiosity about the world and sense of responsibility to my community led me to search for ways that I could be of service. That, coupled with my adventurous spirit, has led me to travel throughout the country and world, to understand different cultural perspectives and help where I can. I have worked in mental health facilities in Maryland, St. Louis, and Seattle, and volunteered in an orphanage in rural India. These experiences that helped me gain practical skills to support my innate compassion and empathy.
My work in inpatient oncology and psychiatric units have broadened my understanding of how health crises affect both the individual as well as their support systems. Not only did I find myself supporting the patients through their experience, but also working with their loved ones and their unique perspective. These moments of crisis tended to bring to the surface underlying issues which often affected one’s ability to cope with the current situation. As such, I routinely worked with individuals and families through the grief and loss presented by chronic and life-threatening illness, as well as secondary concerns such as depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. These clinical experiences lend themselves very well to my private practice, as I find them to be universal themes within individual and family systems.
I offer an eclectic approach to mental health services—grounded in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy—with an emphasis on connecting with my clients through attentive listening, non-judgmental guidance, and compassionate challenging of fixed patterns and behaviors.
I am adept at working with culturally diverse individuals, and treating their specific experiences with anxiety and depression, behavioral problems, conflicts within support systems, grief and loss, chemical dependency, and issues unique to the LGBTQI community.
I look forward to working in collaboration with you to identify and develop an individualized approach to meeting your therapeutic goals!
For more information about my practice, please visit my website: www.danakahnpsychotherapy.com