Dana Larrabee is a Licensed Professional Counselor in-training at Affiliates in Counseling. She received her graduate degree in Counseling from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Boston University. A lifetime learner, committed to working on her own growth and self-betterment, Dana spent years exploring a variety of spiritual, psychological, and emotional development disciplines before deciding that she could make a difference in peoples’ lives as a counselor.
Dana is comfortable working with clients from all backgrounds and circumstances, but is especially passionate about working with young-adults and adolescents. As the mother of two young-adult sons, she has a special interest in working with boys and addressing the unique issues that they face in today’s world.
Dana sees her approach to therapy as integrative encompassing psychodynamic,
relational, and cultural perspectives. In addition, she is well-versed in cognitive
behavioral therapy, humanistic and systems frameworks. She has extensive
experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds who have experienced:
- Transition to college
- Self-esteem issues
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Self-identity issue
- Substance abuse
Under the supervision of Holly Katz, Dana is an in network provider with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Illinois PPO.
Choosing a counselor is a profoundly personal choice and it can be confusing,
scary, especially for people trying it out for the first time. I believe that by
approaching my clients with understanding, empathy, and support, I create a
collaborative environment of emotional and psychological safety in which my
clients feel comfortable and secure. It is through the trust built in that relationship
that the door to healing opens.
I believe that we all have the tools within ourselves to grow and heal. Using a
psychodynamic, relational, holistic approach, I help clients discover those tools,
utilize their strengths, and develop insight into their struggles to make authentic
choices in their lives.