Dana Berg-Grala, LPC NCC CADC
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen
Dana Berg-Grala grew up in north-central Pennsylvania and from a very early age was a social being, drawn towards connecting with and helping others. During her Sophomore year of college, she realized that her personality characteristics and her passion for assisting others in their life journey aligned with the counseling profession. In pursing her goals, Dana had personal and professional experiences that allowed her to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation that in any variety of circumstances the counseling process has the potential to create balance and wellness in one’s life.
Dana recognizes that at some point in their lives, most people find themselves facing situations that they wish to discuss with others, specifically in a safe, non-judgmental way. She strives to collaborate with individuals to develop a trusting, supportive, and honest relationship, as she views this to be foundational to the counseling process. She also values the natural abilities that all individuals have to work towards growth, to find meaning in life, and to develop genuine relationships and connectivity with others.
Dana approaches therapy by drawing from eclectic theories and various counseling interventions that are best matched to create favorable outcomes for the individuals with whom she works. She is experienced in talk therapy and enjoys implementing creative approaches including art and music, sandtray, and dreamwork. She also finds the use of mindfulness and relaxation techniques to be beneficial. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan including young children, adolescents, and younger to older adults in various counseling settings such as outpatient and intensive outpatient, college counseling, and county prison. She is experienced in facilitating individual and group therapies as well as treating several presenting concerns including addictions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, relational struggles, career counseling, and stress management.
In her leisure time, Dana enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, and appreciating live music. She also loves the outdoors and activities including kayaking, hiking, practicing her photography skills in nature, and traveling to scenic destinations. Dana lives locally with her husband and their cat.
- B. S. in Counseling Psychology, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2009
- M. S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 2012
- Nationally Certified Counselor, 2012
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Pennsylvania, 2015
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Pennsylvania, 2015