peace of mind. peaceful life.
Prideful Mountaineer, Cat Mom, Boy Mom, Calming force, Stress Manager, Supportive Listener
Areas of expertise.
Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideations, Crisis Stabilization, Stress Management, Life Adjustments, Gambling Addiction
Collaborative, eclectic, strength-based approach utilizing Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, DBT skills and Motivational Interviewing
I am committed to encouraging you with a supportive, judgement free environment to provide you opportunity to grow, heal and challenge yourself. I encourage self-care and part of that is taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally. I can help you focus on your needs by building on what you do in your life now that currently works and help you grow from there. I use an eclectic approach such as CBT to help you challenge and change thoughts and behaviors that get in your way, and DBT skills to help you learn to cope with uncomfortable emotions and situations. I also center my time with you around solution focused care to help you make changes and reach goals.
Just because no one else can or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.
Danielle Laratta MSW, LICSW
Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
Sunflower Worshipper, Life Long Local West Virginian, Beach Lover, Wife, Helper.
I knew from an early age as a high school student I wanted to get into a helping profession. When I began my classes in college in Social Work it all just clicked. I did my pre-social work volunteer hours in an emergency department volunteering and then shadowed a Clinical Social Worker in a hospital setting. This paved the way for me to become passionate about mental health and started my first journey in a hospital setting. For the last eight years I have focused on providing services in outpatient community programs such as an Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program as well as an Assertive Community Treatment Program. These experiences have instilled within me a desire to continue working in the community and with marginalized groups, but now in a practice setting.
I have fifteen years’ experience working in mental health and addictions at both a bachelors and masters level. I have provided therapy both working with inpatient and outpatient adolescents and adults. I have worked locally in these settings in West Virginia where the need for mental health and substance abuse treatment has been needed and necessary. I experienced grief at a young age which further strengthened my passion to help and be there for others who need to work on healing after experiencing difficult life changes. I feel everyone deserves to live the life they want to live and meeting goals they have by overcoming obstacles and hardships they have experienced. Whether you struggle with things from the past that fuel depression or worries for the future that raise anxiety, I want to empower you to put those at bay so you can live in and focus on the present. I am here to help you whether it is to re-discover yourself, heal, and cope or to help guide you in gaining the tools you need to succeed. I value the importance of having balance in life and giving yourself adequate “you” time and self-care. Whether you need help making “you” time and self-care a priority or just simply learning new ways to decrease and manage stress I will be here to support you in coming up with solutions to achieve an equilibrium.
My joys and loves are my husband, my two year old son and my black and white tuxedo cat. I cherish time outdoors in settings with sunshine, lush beautiful flowers, palm trees and my favorite place to regain positive energy is at the beach, just sitting and taking in the world around me. I am also an avid Mountaineer fan and enjoy watching the Mountaineers on the football field and basketball court.
Danielle is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of West Virginia. She trained in providing treatment for gambling addictions. In addition to this she has gained knowledge in utilizing motivational interviewing to promote self-awareness, change and meet others where they are at in the moment. Danielle holds a masters in Social Work from West Virginia University with a focus on mental health and direct practice. She completed her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University with a bachelors in Social Work. Danielle has had years of experience working in crisis management, safety planning, treating various different types of mental health conditions and substance addictions. She has also gained knowledge and practice skills through working on various multidisciplinary teams that consisted of other professions such as Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Case Managers. Danielle is a member of the Problem Gambler’s Network of West Virginia.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
- West Virginia