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Specializing in LGBTQ+ counseling in Plano, Texas.

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Danna Blumenau, MA, LPC Associate (#95184)
(She/Her)

Supervised by Belinda Gale Hartschuh, LMFT, LPC-S (#65083).

There are lots of ways to be in the world

 

You’re not broken or defective.  You’re you, and that’s totally okay.  It’s more than okay – you’re actually amazing.  Maybe it doesn’t feel that way yet, but it can.  

Society says you have to be a certain way and do things in a certain way.  We call BS on that.  Much of what holds us back are simply social constructs.  You don’t have to live this way.

You can live your authentic life.  It may feel scary – especially if that means exploring and discovering possibilities that you kept hidden or were scared to consider.  Maybe you never really realized that you have options – and things can be different.

Who are you deep inside?  In what ways are you holding back?  How would your life be different if you weren’t afraid or didn’t have your current limitations?  What if you could really be you. 

These can be unsettling and scary questions.  You may not feel like you have options or choices, but you do. Sometimes you just need a sounding board and a safe and supportive place to explore.

Your life can be rich and full while also accommodating your needs and limitations.  Believe it or not, you are not alone.  There are other people like you, and your differences can be accommodated and accepted.  You can be free to be you!  And maybe even develop some compassion for your younger self.

We can help.

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Danna Blumenau, MA, LPC Associate (#95184)

Supervised by Belinda Gale Hartschuh, MA, LMFT, LPC-S 

She/Her

How did you get into this?

 

I’ve had a variety of therapists throughout my life.  Some have been awful (they didn’t last long), and some were “meh.”  They helped with whatever I was struggling with at the time, but I didn’t really take therapy seriously.  For me, therapy was more like a weekly opportunity to vent about my frustrations and the ways that my life wasn’t working for me.  I wasn’t motivated to make changes, so not much really changed.

And then my life blew up.

I was an emotional mess and needed help.  My sister found me a therapist – one I would never have picked for myself (because she could see what I couldn’t see).  He was the therapist I really needed, and he changed the way I viewed and participated in therapy. I started journaling and really examined myself and my life.  It was really hard but unbelievably rewarding.

Rather than me talking the entire time, we had fascinating back-and-forth conversations where he listened to my thoughts and feelings while asking questions and challenging some of my thoughts and interpretations.

Most of all, he gave me permission to be me.  That sounds so simple, but it was incredibly powerful and life-changing.

It’s not all about the therapist though – it’s also about you as the client.  How invested are you in therapy?  Are you willing to do really examine your life?

Guiding Principles

 

You’re Not Broken
You’re not broken – you are coping (with a lot).  It’s my job to help you explore your inner world and solve the challenges in your life.  It’s hard but rewarding work.

Feminist-Oriented
Inflexible gender roles can negatively impact people of all genders.

Queer-Affirming
It’s not enough to just be knowledgeable or “affirming.”  It’s different talking with a therapist who really gets you.

Humanist
I view you and your challenges through a humanistic lens, which means I see and honor your inherent worth, autonomy, and unique experiences. This is a space where you can be free to be yourself without moral judgments.

 

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Education & Training

Formal education, licensing, certifications, and clinical training

Formal Education


Professional Counseling
Amberton University
Master of Arts (MA)
March 2022 – March 2024

Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Texas at Dallas
Master of Arts (MA)
2018 – 2022 

Arts & Technology
University of Texas at Dallas
Bachelor of Arts (MA)
2011 – 2018

 

Licenses

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC Associate)
License #95184
Supervised by Belinda Gale Hartschuh, MA, LMFT, LPC-S
Texas Behavioral Health Council (BHEC).

 

 

Neurodiversity Training

Challenging Myths about Autism: What Assessors and Therapists Need to Know
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
6 Hours  |   2022

 

Clinical Training

CAMS Suicide Prevention Training
CAMS
10 Hours  |   2023

2-Day Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure & Response Prevention Treatment for GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, and Phobias
PESI   
12.5 Hours  |   2023

Gottman Level 1 & 2
The Gottman Institute  
John Gottman, Ph.D. & Julie Gottman, Ph.D.  |   2024

Emotionally Focused Therapy: Evidence-Based Interventions for Distressed Couples
PESI
Katherine Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT |   2024

LGBTQ+ Training

Introduction to LGBTQIA Training
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI) 
Joe Kort, Ph.D. | 2023

Working with Male Same-Sex Couples
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
David Fawcett Ph.D., LCSW | 2023

Bisexuality
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
David Ley, P.hD. |   2023

Bisexuality
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
David Ley, P.hD. |   2023

Mixed-Orientation Relationships
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
Joe Kort, Ph.D. | 2023

Asexuality
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
Jennie Steinberg, LMFT, PLCC. | 2023

Working with Female Same-Sex Couples
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
Anna Azorsky, MA. |   2023

Working with Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
Accy Mercer LMSW, Arlene Lev, LCSW-R |   2024

Spirituality and Religious Abuse and Trauma Around LGBTQ Sexual Health
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI)   
Rachel Needle, Psy.D. |   2024

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COLLIN COUNTY TEXAS

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Frisco LGBTQ+ therapy: Your safe space for healing and growth in Frisco, Texas.

We see clients in-person and online from our Plano, Texas office.  Most of our clients come from Collin County and surrounding areas:

  • Allen
  • Celina
  • Dallas
  • Frisco
  • Lewisville
  • Little Elm
  • Lucas
  • McKinney
  • Murphy
  • Parker
  • Plano
  • Prinston
  • Prosper
  • Richardson
  • Southlake
  • The Colony

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