Personal Experience and Approach
Dana has a passion of helping others to heal from their past so it no longer effects ones present and future. Dana believes that a lot of symptoms that people face such as depression, relationship and marital issues, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions and other mood disorders stem from a greater issue. Dana first starts treating the presenting problem and symptoms to help her client’s find stability and relief. Afterwards, she whole-heartedly believes in addressing the core issues or the roots that the symptoms are stemming from. Once the root is exposed to the light, addressed with compassion, love, and nurture they will no longer take a hold of one’s emotional well-being and relationships. Dana believes if we don’t end up dealing with and healing the root issues therapy will just be a bandaid and one may struggle with the same presenting problems they came in with again in the future. Dana has a passion to help others find emotional freedom and live the abundant life they were designed to have with loved ones and friends.
Dana is a Sexual Abuse Survivor
Dana has a strong belief in this approach to counseling due to her own personal life experiences. Dana has felt it has been her life calling since early childhood to be a therapist and to help support others. She has a unique ability to emphasize, connect, and relate to others with their emotional and relational struggles. Dana is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and has worked through her own emotional and relational issues due to this childhood trauma. She has recovered from her own mood instability, emotional eating problems, and emotional intimacy issues that were directly correlated to her root issue of abuse. She now lives in full freedom and lives an abundant and joyful life. She finds her life mission to help others find freedom from their past childhood traumas and issues that interfere with their current emotional health and intimate relationships.
Dana also loves working with couples to help them develop skills to be vulnerable and emotionally intimate with one another. She finds it essential for couples to to be “best friends” and to teach them to develop skills to love each other unconditionally, to learn to fully express themselves to one another in emotionally vulnerable and healthy ways, and to spend quality time together connecting and having fun. Life can bring many trials to one’s marriage and it is vital for couples to get an emotional tune-up to learn how to grow and adapt with each other while remaining best friends and life partners regardless of the circumstances. She believes whole-heartedly that marriages can be restored with assistance and TLC. Dana is happily married to the president of Total Life Counseling, Jim West, LMHC. She loves working alongside him to provide hope, healing, and support to individuals, couples, children and families with the many difficult challenges they face.
Orlando Marriage Counseling & Winter Park Sexual Abuse Therapist and Addictions Counselor Dana Risucci West provides therapy for Marriage, Addiction, Sexual Abuse & Trauma Counseling Issues Orlando. Dana specializes in addressing all issues that impede one’s growth by using an authentic, compassionate, and honest approach. She provides a safe, warm environment that allows others to express their core feelings that interfere with their emotional and relational well-being.
Dana’s expertise is with teen and adult substance abuse, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder from sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional abuse, eating disorders, marriage or relationship issues and self-esteem.
Dana received your Masters Degree in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton as well as her undergraduate degree in Psychology.