Daniel Westheimer



Insurance I Accept
Therapeutic Approaches
Areas of Expertise
poly dynamics
self-esteem issues
EMDR Therapy
Acute & complex trauma
Sex Postive
career change
work life balance
life stressors
Life Transitions
relational issues
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my approach:

I am client-centered/relational in nature. Very personable, with the intention of tearing down the stereotypical hierarchy between counselor and client. Although I have my tool belt (EMDR/ACT/DBT/IFS/Rogerian), I feel those approaches should never be "one size fits all." Building rapport is very important to me. I am all about "vibes." When it comes to EMDR, my approach is taking the standard and matching it with the specific clients. If the client doesn't want to share intimate details about their trauma? No problem! If they want to go into every detail? No problem! My goal is to meet them where they are, rather than force them into a certain approach.

thoughts for new clients:

Shop around and be patient. Therapy is like cave diving. Together, a client and their therapist spelunk through the catacombs, moving from grotto to grotto. The therapist holds a flashlight, highlighting the different offshoots through the cave’s internal structure, while the client decides which pathways should be entered and explored, and what the ultimate destination of the therapeutic adventure should be. The exploration process can be daunting, but it's much more approachable when done together. It's up to you to choose who helps you get to know you!


Starting therapy can feel overwhelming and challenging. I am glad to be a small part of your therapeutic journey. 

I am a Northwestern University graduate with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I received my undergraduate degree at Webster University, where I earned a BFA in Acting. There, my strengths of empathy and curiosity were developed. Inspired by the pandemic, I put down my scripts and costumes and decided to make a career change away from the theater, and toward the helping profession of counseling.

Since entering the field of mental health counseling, my work has been adults (both individuals and couples)  moving through life’s unique challenges. Working to promote change in your life is a difficult process, and a therapist who sees you for who you are can be a helpful part of that journey. I strive to create a judgment-free environment where clients can express themselves freely, working toward personal discovery and growth. I have experience working with individuals that are a part of the queer community and have experience working with clients who are neurodivergent, working to operate in a neurotypical society. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, acute and complex trauma, identity exploration, life transition issues, career changes, and relational issues.

I am a trauma-informed, EMDR-trained therapist with a strong belief in the power of a supportive therapeutic alliance. I am sex-positive and poly-positive. The modalities I mainly use, ACT and EMDR, have been used for the treatment of PTSD, acute and  chronic trauma, phobias, anxiety, and depression. 

I believe we are all lifelong learners, and view therapy as part of that learning process. In my free time, I enjoy thrifting, listening to podcasts, playing music, hanging out with my cats and dog (Miso, Soup & Charlie), watching movies and television, and going on Wikipedia deep dives.

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