Dana Dart-McLean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in San Francisco, CA who works with adults and teens, with a focus on high-functioning people who want greater understanding of themselves in order to overcome what holds them back. Many of her clients are creative people experiencing challenging life transitions such as relationship changes, increased work stress, or dealing with depression and anxiety.
Dana’s approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory to support people who want to understand how past painful experiences impact them today. Understanding how these past experiences are held psychosomatically, (in our thinking, bodies, and moods) and then are reinforced through habits can create openings for new ways of relating to life. Dana empathically supports clients to identify root causes of emotional pain, while also collaborating with them to practice effective tools to interrupt and shift the patterns that increase suffering. Dana encourages the use of tools drawing from somatic (or body-awareness based) therapy as well as mindfulness, art therapy, and attachment-focused therapy. This may look like a guided visualization, a deepened awareness of a feeling or relationship dynamic, or a somatic grounding practice.
Dana believes therapy is most effective when the unique needs and strengths of her clients are given a warm, nonjudgmental, and trauma-informed space for exploration. She helps clients re-frame experiences to find their inner resources and practice self-compassion. Dana celebrates her client’s ability to apply insights and tools from therapy in order to decrease symptoms of distress and increase self-confidence, joy, and movement towards goals.
Dana’s practice welcomes neurodiversity, body and sex-positivity and queerness while acknowledging the ways systemic oppression impacts mental health collectively and individually. She offers telehealth for increased access and availability, as well as limited in-person sessions in San Francisco.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Dana Dart-McLean is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 6 years
Expansive Therapy, Therapist, 2021 - Present
Harm Reduction Therapy, Therapist in community and private practice, 2019 - 2021
School Based Therapy w/children and teens, Therapist , 2014 - 2018
Epiphany Treatment Center, Recovery Therapist, 2016 - 2018
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA, 2015