Danette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) specializing in individual and family therapy at her private practice in Oklahoma City. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University. She is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), a highly effective treatment apprpoach for people dealing with issues from past or present trauma. EMDR has been studied and recommended by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatry Association and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Danette believes the therapeutic process and relationship must be built on trust, safety, honesty, mutual respect and compassion. She holds unconditional positive regard and acceptance for her clients. Her goal is to help them explore the issues or challenges that are causing them pain or blocking them from the life they want. She assists them in acquiring the tools they need to move forward and grow into healthier and happier people.
Professional Experience: Before becoming a therapist, Danette was actively involved in Crossings Community Church outreach programs. For two years, she was a leader of Life Tools for Kids (1st through third grade) and of Confident Kids (4th through 6th grade). These programs are for children going through divorce, separation or other painful life experiences. Also at Crossings, she was a Leader in Celebrate Recovery, a 12-Step program for people with various types of addictions or other issues. She has facilitated a women's group for Crossings Care Series has been active in other Crossings outreach programs. The personal reward of helping others through these programs inspired Danette to pursue her professional degrees to better fulfill her own life purpose.
Danette has also served on the Board of Directors of A Chance to Change, a non-profit organization providing education, prevention and therapy for alcohol and drug addiction and other mental health problems.
Danette later did her internship at A Chance to Change, gaining valuable experience in working with individuals, children and families affect by drugs, alcohol and other addictions. Once completing her professtional training, she joined the staff of A Chance to Change. She also worked for 21 Days to Change, a home-based therapy program, which she felt made her aware of how family systems operate and how to work with them.
Professional Interests: Danette’s professional interest lies in helping adults and adolescents who are struggling with personal, relational or other mental health challenges recover hope, healing and harmony within themselves and with those with whom they share their journey.
She incorporates a multi-discipline approach, using mindfulness training to facilitate the client’s self-awareness and help them achieve balance of Body, Mind and Spirit.
Her clients include individuals, couples or families suffering from depression, anxiety, addiction, communication difficulties, trauma, family of origin issues and mental health problems.
Professional Memberships: Danette is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Marriage and Family Therapy Association.
Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 6:30 pm by appointment.
Insurance: Health Choice, MHNet, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and will file other out-of-network insurance.
Self-pay clients fee is $100 for 50 minute sessions.