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Danielle Zandbergen, MA

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Danielle earned her MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Hawaii. Clinically, Danielle utilizes a multi-modal approach with an incorporation of strengths-based interventions, CBT and DBT, nonviolent communication, emotional intelligence, and art and play therapy. Danielle is trained in EMDR and Jungian Sandplay modalities with which she addresses trauma-related symptoms, body image related issues, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. She has experience working with culturally diverse populations, youth with identity confusion and emotional dysregulation, young people facing body image and self-esteem issues, foster/adoptive children and their families, and college students. Danielle has also worked as a school-based behavioral health specialist prior to coming to Pacific Quest.

Prior to her role on the clinical team, Danielle led the adolescent field team as a Program Supervisor, Rites of Passage Facilitator, and Family Program Specialist. In these capacities, she developed nuanced expertise in Pacific Quest’s unique therapeutic approach. Danielle manages crisis situations with precision and has a proven track record of developing creative interventions that lead to successful outcomes for students with the most complex needs.

Danielle’s published research explores culture and gender differences in jealousy. She also co-authored an article that looked at the differences in self care between males and females and the effect these factors have on relationships. Danielle’s more recent research endeavors include the exploration, dissemination and evaluation of parenting approaches and assessments in better supporting foster and adoptive children. Danielle is also currently exploring the connections between social pragmatic communication and social media/screen usage, as well as how social media use is connected to individual’s relationships and emotional well-being.

Danielle has a genuine love for the land and all things creative. She is an avid gardener at home and attribute her skills to her family members. When she’s not working, she enjoys kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, reading, hiking, cooking, writing and playing the ukulele.

Parent Testimonials:
Danielle was amazing and so helpful through every step of the program!

Danielle is the most amazing therapist (and person). So thoughtful and insightful and helpful. Perspective and feedback were exceptional. I could not have made it through our parent process without her, and she was amazing with our daughter. We are deeply indebted to her and miss her. I cannot say enough to capture our gratitude.