Dana Ballard is a Clinical Social Worker who prioritizes a client-centered approach in her therapeutic work by utilizing collaboration, openness, and flexibility.
She helps clients recognize the validity of their unique experiences while challenging them to take steps toward effective change and provides space for clients to gain a deeper understanding of self. Dana strives for authenticity and for fostering a safe and accepting environment.
Dana practices with a trauma-informed lens informed by various modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She works with both adults and adolescents who present with a variety of issues and life circumstances. Dana is affirming of all identities and recognizes the ways in which power structures impact individual experiences.
Dana grew up in the Washington D.C. area and came to Utah in 2016 to pursue her interests in mental health and outdoor adventures. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from McGill University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. She has a background in crisis and suicide prevention, wilderness therapy, substance use, and personal training.
Dana is committed to her personal and professional growth and believes strongly in community building. She derives meaning and pleasure from being outdoors and engaging in activities such as hiking, biking, and skiing. Dana’s other interests include spending time with her two dogs, enjoying good food, and spending quality time with friends.