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Dakota Westlake Psychotherapy, LPC

Dakota Westlake helps people improve their relationships with themselves and others while healing from trauma that has manifested in adulthood. She uses a psychodynamic, person-centered, and family systems approach.

Specialties
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • California
  • Florida
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Provider
Profile
“I was drawn to therapy because I realized the power therapy could have in helping people embrace themselves, foster healthier relationships, and even change families.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up as a foster youth and always knew I wanted to help people. I was drawn to therapy because I realized the power therapy could have in helping people embrace themselves, foster healthier relationships, and even change families.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first step is a free 15-minute consultation to see what is bringing you to therapy and answer any questions you might have. If it is a good fit for us, we will schedule our first appointment within 14 days. Two days prior to our therapy session, I will text you to confirm and provide the links necessary. Therapy with me is 4-16 months to give us plenty of time to build a relationship, establish goals, do the deep work, and maintain our progress. Most of my clients stay with me for over two years, some only doing sessions every quarter for maintenance.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a provider, I network with other clinicians and learn about their competencies. I also read books that come out, read articles in Psychology Today, and look at research. I go to at least one in-person training per year as well while completing several online.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core beliefs are equity, social justice, and advocacy. I actively work with clients with an open mind and culturally-sensitive perspective.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited to see the integration of neuroscience and therapy as well as the role of VR in treating trauma and anxiety disorders.
“I'm excited to see the integration of neuroscience and therapy as well as the role of VR in treating trauma and anxiety disorders.”
Interested in speaking with Dakota?