Daniela Wright, MHC, NCC, NCSP 

  • 15+ Years Experience in Mental Health

  • M.A in Mental Health Counseling

  • MHC Registered Intern 

  • Trauma / Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy-Level 1

  • Couples Expert: Relational Framework

  • Specializing in anxiety/depression/grief

  • Available online and in office

  • English and Portuguese

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Meet Daniela Wright

Practice Philosophy 

I believe everyone has had phases in which life left them feeling emotionally exhausted and unfulfilled. During those phases, we might feel stuck and dissatisfied in our personal relationships or career. Perhaps that is you today, and you are struggling with your marriage, single life, your kids, recovering from a break-up or divorce, or you might just feel stressed and unhappy. I believe that within a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship—where you can feel seen, heard, and understood—you will discover new ways of living and relating. As you develop greater compassion towards yourself and others, you will find that it becomes much easier to give and receive love and comfort. By discovering how past relational injuries still impact your way of relating to others, you will find yourself being set free to consciously choose a healthy pattern of living. I am confident that no matter what you are dealing with, compassionate and high-quality therapy can bring back the joy, confidence, and sense of meaningful connection to others that we all desire. 

Therapeutic Approach

My approach is warm, relational, and based on attachment theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness. As your therapist, I will help you explore what you long the most and then discover how to achieve those desires in healthy and constructive ways. It is from a place of strength that we will work together to help you attain vibrant and joyful relationships, as well as let go of unhelpful patterns. We will work together in a way in which you will feel deeply understood, connected, challenged, and supported. Together, we will co-create a safe place to process your hurts and doubts and acquire a new understanding of who you truly are meant to be. You can expect safe acceptance, practical wisdom, and confidentiality in our counseling relationship.

 

Specialties

Trauma Therapist & Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

For some individuals, they’ve had certain life experiences that have brought about feelings of guilt, shame and “feeling of being stuck”. Trauma isn't only physical abuse, sexual assault or combat war, it's also experiences with neglect and abandonment. Trauma is really any experience that has caused significant distress in one's life.

 

As a trained trauma expert, I create a safe and warm environment for my clients to talk about what my seem to be unspeakable. I will support you in  becoming self-empowered in yourself, so you can learn to allow yourself to be seen and heard and to feel safe to express your life story. As you learn to re-write your narrative in a loving way you will transform and heal the meaning to your trauma.

 

I am trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, or AEDP which is a highly effective approach to working with trauma that has been shown to bring symptom relief while healing deeply rooted wounds. AEDP techniques promote the neuroplasticity of the brain, increase resilience, and a renewed zest for life.  Having a highly collaborative nature, AEDP fosters a safe environment that facilitates the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences as well as the emergence of new and healing experiences. 

 

AEDP is a powerful tool to working through trauma. As your therapist, I will support and guide you through the process. The only requirement is interest and openness to the process to healing and desire to re-connecting to your zest for life.  

Couples and Relationship Therapist   

I believe lasting and healthy relationships are built on trust and commitment that begin with our primary relational figures. Then through life we continue re-creating similar attachments patterns with our romantic partners and our children. I work with couples in all phases of their relationship to build a deeper understanding of their partner’s psychological worlds, manage inevitable conflicts, and create shared meanings of life. I help couples work through the various issues that may come to the surface through their couples life and support them in creating connection when they feel disconnected.  

 

I’m a trained relationship and couples therapist. Im trained in Attachment-Based Therapy an approach that helps couples re-connect, heal and grow.  Attachment-Based Therapy is based on that in order to thrive, humans need to develop enduring emotional bonds in which we experience closeness and security. We begin this process by developing attachment bonds with our caregivers. The way our caregivers attune into us as children tends to influence how we see the world and navigate our current relationships. In other words, patterns developed during those crucial early relationships tend to manifest themselves and influence how we perceive and navigate our present relationships. Through the utilization of this modality, together, we will explore attachment injuries, how they impact your current relationships, and how we can heal attachment wounds to set you free to consciously relate to others and love in new and more meaningful ways.

 

Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Therapist

Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn't make it easy to deal with. Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression. Whether grief is connected to the loss of a person, of certainty, of a way of living, or the loss of a marriage or relationship, I create a safe space to process your thoughts and feelings surrounding them. I can help yo find self-care strategies to cope with the tough emotions of loss/grief/bereavement. 

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness therapy focus is on increasing our awareness of the thoughts, feelings, and actions that hinder our progress. When we are better able to do that, we can engage with those aspects of ourselves, learn to tweak our language, and choose how to respond. I have a plethora of tools that can help bring mindfulness into your life.
 

•    Mindfulness of the Body

•    Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain

•    Working with Difficult Emotions

•    Cultivating Positive Emotions

•    Working with Difficult Thoughts 

•    Mindful Interactions 

•    Relational mindfulness
 

The more awareness we bring into our lives the more clarity we gain in our own choices and actions.

 

Women’s Issues

I create a sacred safe space for women to express themselves in different areas of their lives where they have felt deeply effected, shamed or judged. Women experiences many issues through their lifetime due to societal beliefs that are imposed on them.  I’ve also extensively worked with women that have  trauma related to previously experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. I also help women experiencing relationship issues, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, , parenting, and miscarriage/infertility.

 

Men in Therapy

I help male clients struggling with symptoms of anxiety, live courageously in their lives and relationships. I most often work with anxiety, worry, relationship anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and over-thinking. I also work with men who want to have more meaningful and genuine relationships with others and want support in building the skills to relate more genuinely. 

 

LGBTQ+

I believe everyone deserves to live their life authentically and recognize the struggles that might come with doing so. I provide the space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic practitioners believe that what is in your mind is much more than what is in your immediate awareness. They understand that some of our knowledge, memories, and emotional experiences are held outside of our conscious awareness—especially traumatic ones. Therefore, since at any given moment we are impacted by what is stored out of conscious awareness, we might unconsciously respond to the environment negatively without even realizing we are doing so. Psychodynamic practitioners also understand that in an attempt to deal with pain, our minds develop defense mechanisms to help us endure traumatic situations. These defenses help us deny or minimize the severity of our pain. In the past, these defenses kept us safe; however, as we get triggered by the environment and continue to apply them to new and current relationships, the same defenses that once helped us survive pain now get in the way of true and meaningful connection.

Background

I was born and raised in Brazil, and I have lived in the United States for over twenty-three years. I grew up and attended high school in Brazil up to my junior year. I then came to the United States as a foreign exchange student and fell in love with this country. I went back to Brazil and earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts, but promptly after that, I returned to live in the United States. Upon my return, I completed my Ed.S. degree in school psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), an M.A. degree in educational psychology at CSULB, and later in my career, an M.A. degree in mental health counseling at Concordia University, Irvine, CA. Having lived approximately half of my life in Brazil and half in the United States, I can relate well to the joys, sorrows,  and cultural nuances that were part of my path of welcoming a bicultural stance as a way of living. I have had over eighteen years of experience in the field of mental health. Prior to being in private practice, I worked as a school psychologist, special education administrator, and mental health coordinator for large school districts in CA. With that being said, I understand the pressures of being tasked with great responsibility and accountability. 
 

I moved to Florida in September of 2021. My first husband passed away when my daughter was young, and we are now part of a blended family. I treasure being a wife and mother to four amazing college-age young adults. It has not always been easy, and it took work to get where we are, but I can attest from personal experience to the blessings that can come from dedication to deep relational work. When I am not working or spending time with my family, my hobbies include growing orchids, reading, and traveling. However, I have to say that few things in life bring me as much joy as helping my clients discover how they can live their best lives. 

2525 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Suite 300 Psychotherapy Office
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"The dynamics behind many of our relationships can be very complex. Let's untangle some of the layers that keep you from obtaining healthy and loving relationships. 

— Daniela Wright, MHC, NCC, NCSP 

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Daniela works with both individuals, couples and families. She provides the needed support that many individuals and couples are seeking to intimately connect and improve their bond and their relationships.
 

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