"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein
Dana Zuskin, M.S., LMHC, LPC earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami. While there, she also traveled to Australia for focused studies on emotional intelligence and coping strategies for depression with an emphasis on cancer patients. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University after completing a practicum/internship at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton, working with a variety of individuals, couples and families, and led counseling groups for individuals dealing with separation and divorce. Dana also has post graduate training from The Florida Psychoanalytic Institute and is licensed in both Florida and Connecticut.
Her clinical perspective focuses on developing an understanding of our current behavior, along with our inner thoughts, feelings and beliefs in the context of our past experiences. Underlying her work is the general premise that people are uniquely shaped by their early relationships — especially family relationships — and subsequent life experiences. She values each client and acknowledges everyone’s distinctive struggles, strengths, and life choices. She always strives to provide a safe, encouraging, and respectful environment where those committed to therapy can find solutions that best fit their lifestyle.
Dana’s specializes in working through life transitions including: adolescent stages, going off to college, international students, adjusting to the workforce, relationship issues, and getting married and having children. She also enjoys working with couples on pre- and post-marital issues, co-parenting, trust and infidelity issues, family counseling, pre- and postpartum counseling to help new mothers and fathers adjust to parenthood, people suffering from depression and anxiety; identity and trauma issues, and career/academic concerns.
While Dana utilizes an integrative approach with clients and tailors this approach to the individual, couple or family she is working with, she often utilizes Psycho-dynamic and Cognitive Behavioral techniques with her individuals and Imago and Emotion-Focused Therapy with her couples. Dana has seen a great deal of success with her couples practicing this approach in a short amount of time. In the sessions, Dana utilizes EFT skills to help the couples get in touch with and communicate their early attachment needs, while teaching the partner how to connect and build intimacy through empathic responsiveness. She also teaches couples a strategic dialogue to help them effectively communicate in times of conflict, so each partner leaves the conversation feeling respected and heard.
She considers it an honor and privilege to assist people in attaining their goals through counseling. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her children, reading, sampling new restaurants and traveling.