Dan Guerra, PsyD
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Dan Guerra

Psychotherapy, PsyD

Dr. Dan Guerra is a psychologist with 25+ years of experience who helps individuals manage stress, heal from trauma, and address anxiety and depression. He uses mind-body-brain approaches and helps his clients leverage their strengths to move toward a psychology of health. He co-authored the book, From Stressed to Centered: A Practical Guide to a Happier and Healthier You.
Specialties
Chronic Pain
Coaching
Trauma & PTSD
Finances
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$200-260
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“The type of clients I most like working with are the ones who are willing to look at their own roles and responsibilities for change, who display some motivation for addressing their problems, and who are typically dealing with one or more of the following issues: Chronic stress, anxiety, depression, history of trauma, relationship problems, existential/spiritual issues, and/or grief.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've chosen a career in psychology and neuroscience primarily because of passion. My work as a psychotherapist is informed both by my personal experiences from my own family and upbringing as well as from my extensive and broad cultural experiences through international travel across 50+ countries. My specialties developed while working in various behavioral medicine settings, including chronic pain clinics, the Harmarville Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Medical Center. My studies, travel experiences, and work settings have shaped my private practice into one that values the roles that the body, mind, and brain play in moving a person toward better mental health and well-being. I have engaged in specialized trainings in anxiety and chronic pain as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction. I have also had the pleasure of taking multiple day trainings with Stephen Porges, PhD, and Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, in the areas of trauma-informed therapy. My orientation as a therapist is one that conceptualizes psychodynamics but focuses on practical, solution-oriented approaches to address patient problems.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process typically takes 1-2 sessions and involves questions about presenting problems, family history, medical history, education, work history, drug and alcohol use, psychological safety, and existing strengths and resources. Depending on the type of problem, client need, and stage of readiness for change, I sometimes assign homework. The type of clients I most like working with are the ones who are willing to look at their own roles and responsibilities for change, who display some motivation for addressing their problems, and who are typically dealing with one or more of the following issues: Chronic stress, anxiety, depression, history of trauma, relationship problems, existential/spiritual issues, and/or grief.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is part of my belief system that professionals involved in the helping professions should consistently address their own mental health, well-being, and psychological and spiritual development. I adhere to this for myself by engaging in professional relationships that promote mental and emotional health. I am also a practitioner of mindfulness meditation and yoga and I am regularly involved in spiritual pursuits and development. In addition to this, I regularly read, study, and attend seminars related to relevant content in psychotherapy and neuroscience.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There is an awakening regarding the role of the body and brain in achieving a psychology of health and well-being. No longer a culture purely based on, "I think therefore I am", we are shifting more to the idea of, "I think, I feel, I sense, I have memories, I emerge, I change....therefore I am!"
“It is part of my belief system that professionals involved in the helping professions should consistently address their own mental health, well-being, and psychological and spiritual development.”
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