Dana is queer and trans non-binary (they/them/their). They provide LGBTQ / LGBTQIA+, polyamory / non-monogamy, and BDSM / kink-affirming services. Dana is neurodivergent (Autistic / ADHD / 2e) with a history of complex PTSD. They believe in the importance of valuing lived experience and peer support when working with marginalized communities.
Education and Professional Experience
Dana has a background in Theatre and a MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University.
Dana is a member of the TRACC4Movements Healing Network, and is currently certified in Movement Trauma Healer Training (Level 1).
Dana has experience working with mood disorders (including depression and anxiety), trauma and complex trauma, domestic violence, neurodivergence, and chronic illness/disability.
They also have experience with compassion fatigue/burnout. Dana is passionate about supporting helping professionals in creating sustainable wellness practices.
Dana is the 2022-2023 Chair of the Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee (CHEDC) of the NADTA. They are also a member and facilitator of CHEDC’s Disability Justice Working Group.
Dana spearheaded an independent working group to explore Queer Drama Therapy. They also coordinate and facilitate peer support and supervision groups with other drama therapists.
Dana collaborates with Chronically Queer – Austin to facilitate peer support and social events, coordinate community outreach/education about LGBTQ+ and disability issues, and build mutual aid networks for queer disabled adults throughout Central Texas.
Dana offers post-diagnosis support, develops and presents workplace training, and facilitates peer support social groups via Thriving Autistic.
They are a member of the inaugural cohort (2021-2022) of the ACT LEND program at UT Austin.