Dana Payes, LCSW-C

Dana Payes, LCSW-C

Olney Office

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, The Catholic University of America
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

Dana received her undergraduate degree in English from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and then decided to pursue her true passion: social work. She graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Masters in Social work in 2015.

Dana’s brings her love and appreciation for multiculturalism to her client-centered, empathic, compassionate, and creative treatment with clients. With a background of working with adolescents in therapeutic foster home to working with adolescents and adults in In-patient hospitalization, Dana is able to use her clinical acumen to quickly understand clinical complexities  (from suicidal ideation/self-harming behaviors, to schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders) and uses develop targeted, evidence-based solutions to make an immediate, and lasting impact on the quality of their lives and their interpersonal relationships. Her approach to therapy is , in the words of Carole King, “Where you Lead, I Will Follow.” This means that she focuses on meeting the client where they are as soon as they walk in the door and does not believe in a “one size fits all” model.

Dana enjoys working with people of all ages, but specializes in working with Children and adolescents, ages 8-18 years old as well as young adults in transitional periods of their lives. Dana incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, including mindfulness practices, play therapy, and psychotherapy into the work she does with her clients and their families. Dana’s goal is to help each of her clients travel towards the path of health and happiness, so that they can enjoy their best lives.