Mental Health Counseling
Danielle Abel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW) with over 15 years of mental health counseling experience. She works with all ages, but specializes in work with children and adolescents living with various mental health disorders and symptoms. She has extensive practice working with anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, and the development of social skills. She aims to use strengths-based and client-centered approach to her mental health counseling, and employs several therapeutic models, including CBT, play therapy, mindfulness, and solutions-focused models.
Danielle enjoys using humor in her interaction with clients. Her time working in schools has helped her develop a calm and patient approach in her interactions with clients, and an understanding of the immense social and academic demands children and adolescents are faced with on a daily basis. Danielle believes we all have capabilities that can take us by surprise, and hopes to provide a safe space to help her clients reach their personal goals and feel they can be open and heard. She aims to help others develop the skills for dealing with the daily thoughts and emotions that can be overwhelming, as well as gain the confidence and skills to be an advocate for themselves.
Education & Experience
Danielle is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2005) and a Masters of Social Work (2007). Danielle has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including residential treatment facilities, homes, outpatient offices, and school districts since first gaining her professional license to practice social work in 2007. She has most recently worked for 12 years at Wesley Family Services school-based behavioral health program as a school-based mental health therapist in the Mt. Lebanon School district.
Hobbies & Interests
Danielle has lived in the South Hills of Pittsburgh her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home with her significant other, her four nieces and nephews and her two dogs, Weasy and Rosie. She is an avid reader, and always looking for her next book recommendation from anyone willing to share. She loves all things Harry Potter and true crime.
For the past 2 years, Danielle has been working to improve her own personal health and knows how hard it can be, but also how rewarding it can be. She has truly felt the change and confidence in your own abilities that can come through taking care of yourself and prioritizing personal wellness. She hopes to help others reach that same powerful feeling.