About Me

Danieall KelmarDanielle Kelmar, LCSW, is a psychotherapist currently specializing in Young Adults, Individuals and Family Therapy.  Danielle maintains a private practice in Palo Alto, California.

With over 20 years of experience as a practitioner, Danielle has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While she supports clients for a variety of diagnoses, she currently specializes in working with young adults, including athletes, who are dealing with issues ranging from anxiety to depression to eating disorders. “I also work with students who are having a challenging time away at college,” said Danielle, “and together we try to determine if returning home or transferring colleges will lead to better mental health.”

Danielle is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-trained and applies mindfulness tools and techniques into her therapeutic practice. Her style is warm and open – and she believes that being where the client is in the present, instead of reviewing the past at every session, will lead to better mental wellness. Danielle is also trained in T.E.A.M. Therapy from Stanford University’s Feeling Good Institute, led by world-renowned therapist David Burns, MD.

“In addition to my private practice,” said Danielle, “ I serve as a Clinical Youth Mental Specialist at Menlo Park’s SafeSpace, which is a center dedicated to helping young people and their families get early access to mental health care.” At SafeSpace, she facilitates support groups for parents and teens dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep issues, risky behaviors, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Especially rewarding for Danielle is guiding these individuals through a difficult time and providing practical life skill tools they can apply when faced with high stress moments – instead of relying on the unhealthy, spinning cycle of destruction.

Danielle also enjoys her time as a board member and mental health specialist for Breaking the Chains Foundation, an organization whose mission is to unmask the stigma surrounding eating disorders. Danielle and the Foundation team focus on building a community with those who are healing from an eating disorder, and linking them to share their journey through art, dance, music, self-acceptance and connection. She is very proud to be a part of this global movement, one that is changing the conversation about eating disorders. In addition, Danielle has assisted in editing a short film and TV series associated with Breaking The Chains on eating disorders and has shared her own experience of having lived with an eating disorder during her youth.

“My goal is to guide all of my clients to discover their inner strengths,” said Danielle, “and together we can develop an emotional tool kit to have on hand when it’s needed. I want all of my clients to feel empowered with these new skills they learn in their sessions, and to be confident they can reach their individual goals of inner growth.”


Education

LCSW: Board of Behavioral Science, L41250

Master of Social Work: Sacramento State University

Bachelor of Art: Sonoma State University: BA in Psychology , Minor in Sports Psychology

Certifications: T.E.A.M Therapy, Stanford University’s Feeling Good Institute


Board Member:

Breaking the Chains: Mental Health Specialist


Memberships

NASW: National Institute of Social Workers

NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health

NEDA: National Eating Disorders Association

AED: Academy of Eating Disorders

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

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