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Dr. Vanessa Spooner

Creativity requires you to trust yourself and listen to your intuition. If you are feeling blocked, somehow you are holding yourself back. Together we will dive deep into your creative process and uncover how to help you work the most effectively. Each person's process is unique — I'll help you develop a structure that will inspire you to refine your creative voice and give your gifts to the world. 

Psychotherapy is a creative space. I believe that therapy is both a science and an art. My training has centered on contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This approach focuses on the unconscious — that there are things that impact our decisions that we are not aware of. My approach will help you understand your unconscious dynamics in order to bring more balance and choice into your life. I also use my intuition and pull from other approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and the trauma resiliency model.

Open yourself up to new experiences. Living with anxiety, or being in unhealthy relationships leaves you repeating negative experiences over and over again. Have you felt stuck and powerless in your life? Psychotherapy allows you to tap into your vulnerability and guides you towards truly taking care of yourself. I love working with people and helping them discover all of the possibilties that are out there when they feel strong enough to let go of old ways of being or thinking. Uncovering new facets of ourselves brings about a true shift in character that can help bring you towards a happy and healthy future.


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Danielle Syslo, MA, MFT-I

I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF 90632) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. at Atwater Village Therapy. I believe that secure human connection is essential for our well being; my passion is to help clients develop meaningful and satisfying relationships with themselves and others. I work with clients on a variety of issues, including sexual and intimacy issues, addiction, trauma, codependency, attachment, depression and anxiety.

I love to create a safe environment for clients to examine feelings of fear, anger, shame or sadness, experiences of trauma, negative beliefs and compulsive activity. I use a mix of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), as well as mindfulness techniques. My approach to therapy is non-judgmental and gentle, yet direct. Working together with you, I will tailor an approach to your specific needs and strengths, in order to help you in your healing
process. 

We'd love to talk to you about therapy. Give us a call at 424.259.1565.