Dana A. Schneider, PhD, LCSW, ACC, CMT-P, RYT 200


Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Grief Recovery, PTSD, Stress Management

I received my MSW (1996) and PhD (2009) from Smith College School for Social Work, a certificate in Contemplative Practice in Social Work, and completed post graduate fellowships with the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Tufts University Counseling Center. Over the span of my 25 year career, I have worked in community mental health, organizational development, geriatric home care, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, college mental health (Tufts University,Trinity College, SCSU), and private practice settings. I have taught clinical social work to undergraduate and graduate students at SCSU for over 13 years and served as a full-time faculty member for 7 years. I have supervised undergraduates, new MSWs, doctoral students, social workers in transition, and social workers who have been in the field for 20 years. I love supervising and helping clinicians thinking deeply about their clients and their clinical work…there is always more to know and understand! Exploring use of self, transference and countertransference, working across differences, are just a few of the many aspects that will guide us in understanding the complexity underneath the surface in any therapeutic relationship. My curiosity and interests led me to exploring integrative practice and inspired me to pursue training (300 hour) in trauma informed mindfulness through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, yoga teacher training (200 hour) through Kripalu, and become an ICF Associate Certified Coach with training from The Graduate Institute. I am happy to supervise or consult on how to shift your current practice to an integrative approach that fits you. I love qualitative research and writing (let me know if you want help with this!) and have published in Families in Society, Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Journal of Social Service Research, Psychoanalytic Social Work, The Journal of Perinatal Education, The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Social Work Education, International Journal of Childbirth Education, and Smith College Studies in Social Work, and Reflections. Areas of study include: women’s experience of childbirth, mindfulness, Celtic ‘thin places’, experiences of being known, synchronicities in clinical practice, supervision, social work education, spirituality, and homelessness.

Describe your current practice:

My practice serves young adults, adults, and older adults. I provide both psychodynamic psychotherapy, contemplative psychotherapy, and coaching (life, transformational, career/professional). I conduct mindfulness and self care trainings both privately and for organizations, and also consult with and supervise clinicians. Given Covid-19, I am conducting all sessions through telehealth indefinitely.

In supervision we will co-create a space that is open and curious, where you are supported and encouraged to ask questions, acknowledge challenges, think deeply, sit in uncertainty and "not knowing". We will discuss your learning needs and goals, while identifying additional resources that help you learn best (such as readings, process recordings, mindfulness activities). I am a life long learner and bring all of my experiences to bear in our work together.

Please feel free to call or email to see if we might be a good match.

Where did you get your MSW?
Smith College School for Social Work

What was your area of concentration?
Clinical Social Work

What continuing education activities have you been involved in during the past year?

Ethics, Mindfulness, Coaching, Mandated Reporting Laws, Yoga

Supervision Fees:
$180 with sliding fee

Address where the supervision will take place:

Supervison provided online


Website (if available):

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