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Dana Cardwell, LPC
Allow me to help you enjoy the beautiful times and assist you with a life buoy during the times you feel overwhelmed.

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Dana Cardwell, LPC

Location

Licensed In

TX

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman method couples therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI)

Therapy Style

Life can be like the waves in the ocean, beautiful and smooth at times or rough going other times. Allow me to help you enjoy the beautiful times and assist you with a life buoy during the times you feel overwhelmed or as if you are drowning.

I'm honored to work with clients who are college students, adults, or grandparents. I work with male, female, him/her/them who have had to face unique challenges and those who come from all walks of life. I tend to work with those affected by past traumas, extreme stress (vets, firefighters, law enforcement), ADHD, past addictions, depression, and anxiety. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma, Anger Resolution, Integrated Medicine for mental health, yoga, and breath work. I use breath work and information related to the Polyvagal Theory in my practice to help train clients in calming the autonomic nervous system. You can't talk yourself out of a panic attack, but you can breath yourself out of panic.

Education

BBA - Marketing, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

MEd - Counseling and Guidance, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

License Number and State

TX 69560

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a mental health professional because as I teen I felt alone after experiencing trauma. I learned through therapy years ago and my own adventures through yoga, Ironman races, and marathons that there are ways to calm the nervous system. I apply the principles I learned years ago and through trainings to my practice now.

What are your interests outside of work?

I gave up triathlons and running due to a hip issue last year. I now enjoy cycling, trail walking, camping, yoga, and attending Spurs games where my daughter is a Spurs dancer.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I read educational material with two cups of coffee every morning and practice my breath work to stay grounded.

What book have you read more than once?

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van Der Kolk whom I've personally trained with at the Kripalu. I recommend his book to all my clients. His book is amazing. I also have read The Untethered Soul many times. Michael Singer has us all thinking "Who are we, really?"

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I was a Rotary member when I worked in Junction, Texas, as a director of a geri-psych IOP unit. I love how they help local and national people. I currently support Pets Alive a project for neglected and homeless pets.

How do you recharge?

I recharge with my morning meditation or working out after work. I also get massages to recharge.

Do you have any pets?

My husband and I have 3 dogs and 2 cats. Pumpkin is a pound rescue who is afraid of the rain, thunder, or lightning. Pumpkin knows when rain is approaching before we do. She paints excessively and puts her nose in the corner as if she is in timeout when rain is coming. Our 2 cats are pound rescues, also. They have unique personalities. Our other two dogs are a German Shepherd and Chihuahua mix.