About

Daniela Di Piero, LMFT #88547

Nevada City & Grass Valley CA Therapist

I think finding the “right” therapist for you has to do with feeling good about that person, having a sense that being in their presence is enlivening and healthy, even when you’re working with something uncomfortable or difficult. Here you can learn a little about me and my practice and if it feels right, set up an initial free 15-minute phone consultation.

I’m a mother, wife, traveler, crafts-person, former high school teacher, and for the past 11 years have run a nonprofit working with young people. I received undergraduate and Masters degrees from Brown University, as well as a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University. If you come in for a session, you might occasionally catch me with dirt under my nails from growing food, making pottery, or riding horses.

My sessions often look traditional, with us sitting across from each other and talking, plus incorporating the other modalities and techniques I bring (see below). But when appropriate, I also like mixing things up by spending a session sitting on the floor, or getting out of our chairs for somatic or artistic work, or going out to the garden “office.” You can read testimonials here.

What kinds of therapy do I offer?

I combine Psychodynamic, Jungian, and Existential Psychology approaches with Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused approaches. What does this mean? You can Wikipedia more extensive descriptions of these modalities, but psychodynamic “depth” approaches tend to be more long-term and focused around understanding ourselves and our pasts, where our patterns come from, and how we make meaning of our lives. They are relationship-based, meaning that the therapeutic relationship is one venue for exploring our “stuff,” and they can include things like dream-work, therapeutic imagery, myth, story, and imaginal psychology.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy are more in-the-moment, pro-active approaches that emphasize problem solving and changing the way we think so as to change the way we feel. In using these modalities, I incorporate mindfulness, body centered hypnosis, and life coaching techniques.

Why am I a therapist?

I’m infinitely curious about our human nature—how we relate to each other, how we make meaning of our lives, how we heal, how we become who we are, why we act and respond in the ways we do. Throughout my time studying education and psychology, my mentors made the point that to truly sustain and enjoy a vocation as a teacher or therapist, you must LOVE learning…about people, human nature, and our relationships with each other and the world.