Dena is trained in marriage and family therapy and has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families. She utilizes a client-centered, strength-based, relational approach focusing on providing a safe, therapeutic environment for her clients to help them feel understood and achieve their goals. Dena always considers how the influences of culture and environment affect an individual, couple, or family system. Prior to Virginia Frank Child Development Center, Dena’s work was focused in community settings with children and youth impacted by trauma and abuse, providing in-home and school-based therapeutic services. Dena works with a variety of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family conflict and attachment difficulties, trauma-informed counseling, body-image/low self-esteem, and life transitions. She frequently utilizes modalities from play-based therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy to support the client in treatment.