- PhD, counseling psychology, The University of Akron
- MA, counseling psychology, The University of Akron
- BS, psychology, Baldwin Wallace University
My therapeutic style is relational, co-creating an empowering and non-judgmental space through which we can work together to define the goals of counseling, develop insights, practice new skills, and implement valued change. I acknowledge the impact of systems of oppression and power on the lives of students and aspire to aid students by identifying and deconstructing internalized messages, validating traumas, honoring strengths and resiliency, and advocating with (rather than for) students. I approach therapy, growth, and healing as a process with the ultimate goals of personal authenticity, creating meaning, and connecting with oneself and others.
My professional passions include group therapy, trauma and recovery, and multicultural and women’s issues. I enjoy working with students who are seeking to improve relationships with others, forge a different relationship with their emotions and thoughts, and live more fully in the present moment.
Throughout my training, I have provided individual and group therapy, conducted assessments, and performed supervisory roles in various settings. I have experience working with mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, interpersonal, and humanistic therapeutic styles and endeavor to shape therapy to the individual's intersectional identities and needs.
DaFonseca is supervised by Debra El-Amin.