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Danna Torres, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

"Therapy is an open and inviting space where families and individuals can explore their worries, fears, goals, motivations and lack thereof.  In today's hardworking society it can be a challenge to give ourselves the space to express ourselves and process experiences without feeling like it's a weakness.  Having worked with a wide range of clients, I would love to be part of your journey to personal growth and family connectedness."

Danna was born and raised in the Los Angeles Area.  She attended Mount St Mary’s University in Los Angeles where she graduated with a M.S in Counseling Psychology and an Enlaces certification. ¡Enlaces! is a certificate program that is embedded into the Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) program where clinicians are trained to apply and practice specific cultural frameworks and psychological terminology to support populations within the Spanish-speaking community.  Danna found her passion for behavioral work when she worked as an ABA interventionist, working in home and school-based settings with children diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, ODD and Conduct disorder.  Her clinical work has included supporting clients struggling with executive functioning, ADHD, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships and ASD.  She uses a combination of CBT and a person-centered approach when working with clients, meeting them where they are in the therapeutic process.  This creates a safe and trusting environment for work and progress to take place. 

Licensing and Education

  • Marriage & Family Therapist License #123525

  • Master’s in Science in Counseling Psychology, Mount Saint Mary’s University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Mount Saint Mary’s University

Specialized Experience

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Trained​

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Personal Skills/Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish

Clinical Background

  • CVCCA, Stockton, Ca

    • provide court-mandated therapy to families within the CPS system

    • coordinate and collaborate services with CPS social workers

    • led therapy groups on topics such as healthy communication & relationships, psycho-education on various mental health topics including improving protective capacities, calming/ relaxation strategies, stop-think-act , and self-advocacy

  • Children’s Health Council, San Jose, CA

    • provide outpatient and school-based mental health support services to children diagnosed on the autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other learning differences, and their parents/caregivers 

    • provide individual and family therapy for clients ages 6 through 18 struggling with anxiety, oppositional defiant, trauma, social skills development, ASD, ADHD, executive functioning skills, depression, conduct disorder, eating disorders, interpersonal skills, adjustment disorder, and separation anxiety

    • facilitate groups within school setting including social skills groups

    • coordinate services and case management with school staff, and allied agencies to better support children and their families

    • collaborate with school IEP team to advocate for students’ mental and social-emotional needs

    • serve as educator in the Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA) joint program with Stanford Children’s Health

 

  • Cielo House, San Jose, CA

    • provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy surrounding the topics of eating disorders in intensive outpatient program

    • led therapy groups using CBT and DBT theories to address communication skills, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness

    • developed safety plans for at-risk clients to support clients through crisis

    • collaborated with nutritionists, psychiatrists, and other medical personnel to develop clinically appropriate treatment goals

    • trained staff on crisis intervention implementation 

 

  • Rocketship Education, San Jose, CA

    • supported schoolteachers and staff by providing education and coaching regarding issues of childhood trauma, behavioral issues, and other mental health concerns

    • coordinated the development of IEP goals amongst the school team - school psychologists, behavior intervention specialists, SpEd case managers, teachers and other medical providers

    • created and deployed trainings on various topics, including trauma, social-emotional learning, and crisis intervention

    • supported the implementation of Positive Behavior Support programs designed by schools

 

  • Pasadena Mental Health Center, Pasadena, CA

    • provided outpatient mental health services to children, adults, couples and groups with various diagnosis including adjustment disorders or difficulties, work stress, life-transitions, depression, and anxiety 

    • provided bi-lingual individual and family therapy

 

  • STAR of CA, Culver City, CA 

    • provided behavioral intervention across home and school settings to children ages 3-12 years old with Autism, delayed learning, intellectual functioning disorders, and conduct disorders

    • led parent education courses using the intervention models developed by STAR consisting of Positive Behavior Support, Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training  

    • observed and identified maladaptive behaviors exhibited by children within the home and school settings

Associations & Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CAMFT