Daniel Ballin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Daniel Ballin, PhD, LCSW

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I am an experienced psychotherapist dedicated to supporting individuals in their growth and healing journeys.

“The greatest and most important problems in life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.” Carl Jung

This quotation by Carl Jung captures the essence of my approach to therapy. If your current struggles were easily resolved, you probably wouldn’t be reading my webpage. And if you are looking for advice or solutions, I’m probably not the right therapist for you. What I do offer is a safe space to explore the nature of your struggles and support your efforts to grow past them.

In my thirty years as a psychotherapist, I have been privileged to witness this growth amongst many individuals with unique struggles. My clinical experience includes working with adults and young adults from diverse ethnic and racial communities, many of whom identify with the LGBT community, and many of whom experienced severe trauma in their childhood and adolescence. I am fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). When clinically appropriate, I offer this treatment approach to help clients process their most impactful traumatic memories.

Through my doctoral studies, I have studied the theories and applications of depth psychology, which focuses on the role the unconscious plays in our lives. My dissertation, "Wounding the Healer: Suicide’s Quest for Voice," reviews the phenomenon of suicide and explores the experiences of clinician suicide loss survivors.

I believe one should be mindful in finding a therapist. To this end, I offer a free 15-minute virtual session to meet you and hear what you are looking for in therapy. After this consultation, I encourage you to take your time in considering if my approach, experience, and style feel like a good fit for you and if you would like to proceed with weekly in-person therapy.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Narcissism
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Faith Based Specialties

  • Judaism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$180.00 - $250.00
Sliding Scale
No
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Check, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
23
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
19277
California
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
National Association of Social Workers
Coalition of Clinician Survivors
Society for Clinical Social Work
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ph.D.
2022
University of Southern California
Master of Social Work
1989
University of Southern California
Master of Public Administration
1989