Daniel Ballin, PhD, LCSW
“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.
Thank you for visiting my webpage. To initiate a free consultation just contact me at the email address or phone number displayed above.
Doctorate in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis on Somatic Studies
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Dissertation title: Wounding the Healer: Suicide's Quest for Voice
Description. This work explores of the experience of clinician suicide loss survivors through the lens of the wounded healer archetype.
Master Degree in Social Work
Master Degree in Public Administration
University of Southern California
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs
Initial fifteen-minute virtual consultation - Free
Fifty-minute session - $180
Ninety-minute session - $250