I am queer and trans non-binary (they/them) and neurodivergent drama therapist.
There are a lot of barriers when seeking LGBTQ affirming care. Marginalized individuals are traumatized by society. So often, we experience medical trauma on top when trying to seek support. I have experienced- and seen friends and partners experience – so much harm in the U.S. healthcare system.
I decided to become a holistic health and wellness provider as a result. I don’t want other people to have to experience what I did when they need help.
You deserve access to a provider who understands what you’re going through, and who can validate your lived experience. I offer services that are LGBTQ / LGBTQIA+ friendly and affirming.
I started my own journey over 15 years ago. I have been in community with other queer, trans, and gender expansive folks ever since.
I can assist those who are questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be confusing and overwhelming to sift through all the different identity labels and find one that fits YOU!
But you don’t have to do it alone.
Whether you are coming out for the first time, trying on a new label, or struggling with the amount of anti-trans legislation on the ballot in TX, I am here for you!
I also have experience with non-traditional relationship styles like ethical non-monogamy (including open relationships and polyamory), and kink / BDSM.
Neurodivergent is an umbrella term that describes anyone whose brain works differently than what is typical, or what society deems as “normal.”
Neurodivergent is most often applied to things like autism, ADHD, or dyslexia. But it is meant to be an inclusive label for all those whose mental experience has been pathologized or who recognize themselves as atypical.
There is significant overlap between neurodivergence and LGBTQIA+ experience.
Due to limitations in the Western assessment processes, many people don’t realize they are autistic, ADHD, etc. until adulthood. If you’re a late-diagnosed adult, we can explore what unmasking neurodivergent traits and building accommodations for yourself could look like.
Maybe you find “adulting” impossible, have a hard time with work, or struggle with building and maintaining relationships. We can work together to create coping strategies that actually work for you.
How I Can Help
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am offering all services online through a video platform.
I live in the greater Austin area (including Bee Caves, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Manor, Buda, and Leander). I offer virtual services throughout Texas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
If you live in a rural area without access to LGBTQ affirming services, I can also help. Drama therapy is a national registration, which means I can see anyone throughout the United States (and even Canada)!
I am private pay only. I cannot take health insurance due to limitations of creative arts therapies within the U.S. healthcare system.
I do offer sliding scale services based on income. I am also a member of the Open Path Collective if you need low-cost services.
“Dana creates a safe and welcoming space where I can feel comfortable bringing all parts of my self for play and healing. I highly recommend them!”Jo Eckler, PhD
What is Drama Therapy?
Drama therapy is one of the creative arts therapies (art, dance/movement, drama, music, and poetry therapy). I have a background in Theatre and Performance Studies.
I bring my experience as an artist to my work, incorporating tools of theatre and drama (movement, gesture, storytelling, role play, etc.) to help generate insight and create change.
We might still talk. But my background in the humanities and my experience as an actor, playwright, and director influences my view of culture and human behavior.
This is a comic strip I created to illustrate how drama therapy is different from traditional talk therapy or counseling.
Many LGBTQ individuals, frustrated by the harm they experience in clinical settings, are open to more holistic, creative, and non-traditional modes of healing. It is also more likely you will have a theatre or drama background – but that is not necessary!
I also did a video interview about my work with Balance Wellness.
I wear a lot of different hats (or play a variety of roles).
If you are a potential client
Reflect on what brought you here, and see how my passions resonate with you.
Learn more about My Approach to understand how it is different from what you have tried in the past.
Or, if you’re ready to dive in, use my Contact & Scheduling page to set up a free consultation!
If you are a healthcare provider
Check out What is drama therapy? to learn more.
You can also read about the theoretical foundations of drama therapy and scope of practice of creative arts therapy.
Schedule a professional consultation to learn more about LGBTQIA affirming or Neurodiversity affirming practices. I also have experience with ethical non-monogamy (open relationships, polyamory, relationship anarchy, etc.) and kink / BDSM.