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Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)

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Dan (she/they) is an experienced Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 9+ years
of experience working in clinical and community settings in Warrang (Sydney) and New
York City. They have specialist experience working with LGBTQIA+ young people,
dynamics of power and control, complex trauma and homelessness. Their practice
draws on narrative therapy, schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, harm
reduction and trauma-informed therapeutic frameworks.
Dan is committed to using non-pathologising, empowering and person-directed
approaches to therapy. They are passionate about centering anti-oppressive practice
principles in their practice, including social and racial justice, intersectionality, self-
determination, transformative justice and decolonisation. They are diversity- and sex
work-positive.
They believe that a respectful, radical therapeutic relationship is more like walking
alongside each other, rather than a top-down power dynamic. Dan aims to create a
safe, affirming environment to explore people’s unique ways of being and knowing
together, with empathy and curiosity, and help people achieve their goals.
Dan’s lived experience as a polycultural feminine-spectrum person of colour, and a
member of the LGBTQIA+ community, gives them a nuanced understanding of the
complex ways in which systems of power and oppression can impact the wellbeing of
folks who occupy diverse intersections of identity and lived experience.
Dan acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the
traditional owners of the land they are privileged to live, work and create on.

EXPERIENCE

Batyr Australia
Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW
Expert consultant for STARTTS’ LGBTQIA+ refugee training advisory group (2018) and YFoundations’
ReCharge Youth Homelessness Conference panelist (2017)
Sanctuary for Families (NYC)
NYC Anti-Violence Project (NYC)
New York Dept. of Education, Elementary School 69 (NYC)

 

areas of interest

LGBTQIA+
Young people
Complex trauma
Suicide prevention
Intimate partner violence
Diverse relationships (eg. chosen families, poly, kink etc)
Social justice, intersectionality and decolonisation

qualifications

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (April 2020)
Masters of Science in Social Work (Advanced Clinical Practice) - Columbia University School of Social
Work
Bachelor of Arts (Hons. in Gender Studies) - University of Sydney

 

availability

Tues 2pm-6pm

Some availabilities outside these hours

1 Arundel Street,

Glebe NSW 2037

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Open Dialogue acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land we work on.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.