I was raised in a Christian family and learned that the essence of Christianity is to be a better person everyday in mind, body, and spirit. I enjoy attending mass on Sundays with family and friends at the Cathedral in Santa Fe or at the 300 year-old mission church in Old Town Albuquerque. When I was 20 years-old, in the middle of college, I spent a year in a Benedictine monastery to discern what I really wanted to study in college and pursue as a career. My prayers were answered during that retreat, 24 years ago, and I have been practicing holistic Christian living personally and helping other Christians to do the same every since. In 1997 I became a Benedictine Oblate of that monastery which means I live Benedictine spirituality as best I can as someone living in society and not in the monastery. I attended Yale University Divinity school to study Christian theology of the body and then later attended Boston College, a Catholic university, to study pastoral ministry and counseling psychology. I studied Christian theology and history because I wanted to see the world the way the Christian mystics see the world, enchanted with God's presence.
For me, a Christian world view is essential to understand my human experience as it ranges from the very pleasant and positive to the the very challenging and painful. Only a Christian approach to life is large enough to contain all my human experiences. I derive great strength to live faithfully from day to day from the example and grace of Jesus. During counseling I invite other Christians to reflect on their faith and Christian way of life as a resource to support them as they face whatever challenges life has presented to them.
One of my favorite passages from scripture is when Jesus asks his disciples if they will leave him too and Peter responds, "no, Lord, to whom else can we go? You alone have the words of eternal life."
My favorite book in the Bible is the story of Jonah. He was saved from the stress of being tossed into the open sea by being swallowed by a whale. It was in the belly of the whale that Jonah was safe and stable and therefore able to reflect on his life and re-commit to living out his God given mission. I like to think my counseling office is the belly of the whale for my clients where they can feel safe and stable, reflect on their life, and re-engage with their life more fully.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Intimacy-related issues
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
LPCC #0135471 (Expires: 2020-09-30)
Dana is very easy to talk to. He is insightful and extremely practical.
Dana is a very confident and concerned counselor! Listens really well and can dig through the minutia to find the real problem, even if it was from many decades ago. Also, very Christian oriented, which was exactly why I turned to faithfulcounseling.