Danelle Spence is a former teacher, a Registered Psychologist, an author, and a speaker. She has a passion for psychology and the developing brain, rooted in over 25 years of working with adolescents and young adults in a wide variety of settings. Some of these include hospitals, schools, eating isorder clinics, mental health agencies, a specialist center for girls, and her private practice, Root Psychology.
When people ask Danelle about her “model of therapy” she usually says that she focuses on two things: Brains and Relationships. Danelle’s practice is built on her belief that brains develop and create patterns of behaving and functioning as influenced by relationships. She strives to understand what unhealthy brain patterns are causing someone distress – then within the therapeutic relationship – she works to shift this pattern, restructure the brain, and create healthier coping mechanisms for each client.
Danelle’s work is informed by the latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory, and emotion-focused family therapy. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and sees this modality as a key component to making lasting change in therapy. Danelle also always engages the family system when working with youth, as she feels passionate about the capabilities of parents in helping the therapeutic process. Danelle is thrilled to be connected with the Lionheart Foundation to offer support to families that may otherwise not be able to access the care they need.