Dana employs a strengths-based, systems-oriented, and integrative approach to
help her clients enhance their emotional, psychological, and spiritual health and
well-being. She utilizes warmth, enthusiasm, and assertiveness to help build a
strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, develop a common language between
herself and them, and create a safe and engaging space in which treatment aims can
be achieved. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in
both community mental health and group practice settings and is a practitioner of
individual, couples, and family therapy. She has worked as a youth and family crisis
and outpatient therapist with Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, a
postgraduate trainee with Live Oak, a counselor with Symmetry Counseling, and an
early childhood test consultant with the Center for Talent Development at
Northwestern University.

Dana’s clinical interests include mood and anxiety management, adjustment to life
transitions, trauma recovery, relational rift and reparation, emerging adulthood,
and group and organizational dynamics. She possesses a special passion for helping
individuals navigate issues related to identity formation and authenticity, women
heal and grow, highly sensitive persons hone and celebrate their strengths, and
artists thrive in the face of the unique challenges with which their creative lives
present them. As a wholehearted believer in the therapeutic power of both nature
and exercise, she also offers her clients, when appropriate, the opportunity to
engage in counseling sessions outdoors and on foot.

Dana holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern
University, a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate from
American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Cultural Theory
from Duke University. Prior to entering the field of counseling psychology, she
enjoyed careers in both the performing arts and teaching. She has engaged in
intensive postgraduate training in Trauma-Informed Practice, Affirmative Practice
with the LGBTQ Community, Creative and Expressive Therapies, Multicultural and
Multisystemic Practice, EMDR, and Energy Psychology, Reading, and Healing.

To learn more about Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare, the organization with
which Dana is affiliated, and/or set up a session with Dana, please visit

www.carolinapartners.com or call (919) 717-1383.
Dana Bennison, MA, LPC
Counselor