Dana Caraballo, LMHC, CASAC-ADV
Having background information on your potential therapist is crucial in the decision making process. You should select someone that you can easily build rapport with and is culturally competent.
As a first generation American whose parents emigrated from the beautiful twin Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I understand first hand the barriers black and brown communities encounter when attempting to identify quality services within your local communities and not feeling represented in professional fields- especially Mental Health.
I grew up having a passion for helping others and giving back to my community. After attending an open house at Hofstra University, a meeting with the program director of the Rehabilitation Counseling program, coupled with my experience at a school age after school program cemented my decision to go into mental health.
I pursued my studies with Hofstra University and graduated with a MSED in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Master Level Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-AVD).
My experience ranges from providing services within substance use outpatient and residential settings, private practice, within the home, charter, public, and private schools as an independent contractor.
My clinical style incorporates using an integrative approach stemming from a person-centered trauma informed lens. When working with children and adolescents, I utilize a family systems approach. This involves the legal guardian to be involved in the therapeutic process. Strengthening the family dynamic promotes a supportive and healthy environment for the client to thrive emotionally and mentally.
When working together, it is important for the client to be open and receptive to feedback in efforts to grow and implement change in areas they are accountable for.
As your therapist I will be transparent, honest, open, and communicative with the client and their family throughout the process. This approach has been shown to enhance the therapeutic alliance and reflect in positive results for previous and current clients.
The goal of my practice is to be a vital community resource for children, adolescents, and young adults by providing a safe space to express their feelings and assist them with bettering their mental state.