Christina Daniell, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"I appreciate the unique relationship I have with each family to support the challenges and celebrate the successes.  Each individual child and their family have unique strengths and resiliency.  I work with each unique family to identify challenges and strengthen family interactions in a safe and flexible space. 

Together we can ensure every child reaches their fullest potential.”

Christina received her Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University.  She received a B.A. in American Multicultural Studies, which prepared her to use a culturally competent lens in her clinical delivery.  She supported children and their families from a variety of diverse communities, and focused on each child’s and family’s strengths.  She has worked with children, from toddlers to adolescents.  The majority of her experience is working with neurodiverse infants/young children, and their parents in their homes.  She enjoys partnering with the child’s family to help support an environment for the child to thrive and reach his/her potential by building upon the child’s and family’s individual strengths.  She focuses on relationship and routine based interventions through therapeutic play, parent-child dyads, parent consultation and parent psycho-education health groups to provide comprehensive support to the child and the family.    

Licensing and Education

  • Clinical Social Work License #29561

  • Master’s in Social Work, San Jose State University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State University

Specialized Training

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Integrative Play Therapy

  • Sand Therapy Trained

  • Child-Centered Play Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (trauma focused)

  • Routine-based Interventions in Early Childhood

  • Infant & Early Childhood mental health consultation

  • Parenting Educator, (Positive Discipline)

  • Behavior management/ABA trained

  • Sensorimotor Integration Play Therapy

  • Whole-child approach


Clinical Background

  • Kidstream Inc., Early Interventionist, Bay Area, CA

    • provide individualized treatment goal plans for families with young children ages 0 – 3 years to address developmental needs or at-risk factors at home

    • evaluate and assess a child’s strengths and challenges through, formal assessment measures, observations, parent intakes, and collaborative meetings with colleagues, focusing on family-centered outcomes

    • support parents/guardians through coaching, and targeted activities to improve child-parent interactions and coping strategies

    • work with families to enhance a child’s natural home environment to foster child exploration, and help the child’s development through play and routine-based techniques

    • counsel and provide resources and community services to connect families to other specialized medical services for additional support

  • Westside Community Services, Early Childhood/Infant Mental Health Specialist, San Francisco, CA

    • provided evidence-based approaches when delivering psychotherapy services to families and children ages 0 – 5 years in child-care and community settings

    • incorporated integrative play therapy techniques when working with children, and focused dyad therapy techniques for parents/guardians

    • provided psychoeducation child development milestones to parents to support parenting practices and expectations

    • developed and implemented therapeutic treatment tools to support the socio-emotional growth of the child and family, focusing on a relationship-strength model

    • led psycho-educational group trainings for families, child-care staff, and community members including social/emotional development in relation to school readiness, self-care & support for parents and other primary caregivers, including grandparents and childcare providers, conflict resolution & rapport building between teachers and parents, child’s temperament style, transitions and encouraging self-regulation in young children, IFSP/IEP process information, promoting sleep & eating wellness in young children 

    • collaborated with third-party providers such as case managers, social workers, and other medical providers for culturally competent care coordination

  • James Lick High School, School Social Worker Intern, San Jose, CA

    • provided outpatient therapy services to high-school students using Cognitive Behavioral techniques who were struggling with anxiety, peer/relationship conflicts, depression truancy, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder 

    • delivered psychoeducation to students focusing on topics of support for students at risk of not graduating & girls confidence group such as support/guidance 

    • led health groups based on student’s needs - specifically, a wellness group focusing on holistic stress management for academic success

    • supported students in crisis through psychotherapy intervention, and connecting them to other community/medical providers for continued support

    • coordinated and referred students to other supportive community services such as Legal Advocates for Youth (LACY), Children’s Health Council and Rebekah Children’s Services 

  • Las Plumas Family and Children Services of Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Clinical Social Worker Intern, San Jose, CA

    • provided individual assessment, treatment planning, and outpatient psychotherapy services to children and youth, ages 6 - 18 years old

    • utilized CBT, Behavioral-based intervention, sand and play therapy when working with children

    • co-facilitated a process group for children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome to support them in developing coping strategies, socialization skills, and organizational skills for school success

  • San Mateo Office of Education, Substitute Teacher, San Mateo, CA

    • provided substitute teaching within special education classrooms, and within alternative school settings for youth preschool through post high school/vocational school (i.e. ages 3 years to 22 years old)

    • supported teaching staff within Juvenile Hall and other community-based settings, working with youth high school aged

Associations & Memberships

  • Infant Development Association,

  • National Association of Education for Young Children

  • National Association of Social Work