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Dante Saldaña II, LMSW

Dante Saldaña II, LMSW

Counselor: Adults, Couples

Dante is a licensed social worker who works primarily with couples struggling with communication, trust, or relationship stress, as well as individuals experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, or past trauma.

With all of his clients, Dante works to establish a relationship based on trust, since it serves as the foundation for the entire therapeutic experience. He values the whole person, and prioritizes helping each of his clients feel seen, valued, and supported, as well as highlighting their strengths. In fostering an alliance with each client, he’s able to help them reach their goals through mutual trust and accountability.

As a therapist who values the role of humor in therapy, Dante also tries to always create a space for his clients that feels comfortable and safe to explore all emotional experiences.

Dante bases his work in attachment theory, mindfulness, and family and systems theory, and is trained in Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy, as well as in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and trauma-informed evidence-based practices.

Dante is supervised by Arlene Marks Montgomery, PHD, LCSW-S.

Areas of Specialty

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology, Rice University; Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Why Therapy?

I really enjoy building relationships and connecting with people of all different backgrounds. I’ve always wanted to help people who were struggling on a daily basis either personally or in their communities, and being able to offer emotional support felt crucial to the helping process. My decision to become a therapist grew out of my passion for working with children and families dealing with social inequities. Being a part of my client’s personal growth and life journey became something I honored and wanted to continue pursuing in my career. Part of the work that I highly value has also involved recognizing the significant connections between our minds and bodies and the impact of trauma on the brain. Being able to connect with others and offer this kind of support has been wonderfully fulfilling.

Professional Motivation

Being able to provide a space of connection and acceptance to clients. Having the opportunity to support new perspectives and new ways of being in relationships.

Hobbies

I love playing basketball, spending time with friends, and being outdoors. I also enjoy movies, music, and reading when I’m able. Currently I’ve been enjoying raising a new puppy (her name is Marley and she’s a goldendoodle!).

Previous Occupations

Before counseling, I worked in the child welfare field as an Investigator with Child Protective Services for the State of Texas. I also worked as a Medical Social Worker at St. David’s Medical Center.

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