Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Hi! My name is Darlene Da Silva and I'm a bilingual, bi-cultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Since 2012, I have gained experience working with individuals in various mental health settings including non-profits, community-based settings, law enforcement, schools, and county mental health.
I have had the honor and privilege of witnessing the healing and recovery of individuals from various walks of life. With an empathetic, Strength-Based, and Solution-Focused approach, I encourage, validate, and facilitate insight while also challenging my clients to reach their own unique desired goals. However, I truly believe that the foundation of success in therapy begins with the therapeutic relationship, and will make every effort to provide the safe space needed to do the challenging, beneficial work that comes with therapy.
With this in mind, you may find our sessions to bring you peace, a sense of calm, humor, connection, empathy, and the opportunity to be your whole authentic self.
MSW - Social Work, San Jose State University
I became a mental health professional because I had a passion for seeing change in my community. I became passionate about community wellness and realized the deep correlation there is between one's individual mental well-being and that of whole communities.
Outside of work, I enjoy being in nature, spending time with my family, traveling, and connecting with long-time friends via phone or a delicious meal.
I listen to music or podcasts daily. I find they are a great way to process thoughts and feelings by listening to the lyrics in a song or listening to new, thought-provoking ideas on a podcast.
The book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay is a book I have read and re-read multiple times because I feel I can always reconnect with it and apply a new piece of wisdom depending on where I am in life.
I have a 6-year-old golden retriever named Honey. When my husband and I decided to bring her home, she and her siblings were all puppies. It was so hard to pick because they were all so adorable. I decided the puppy would pick us and sure enough Honey walked over to us and chewed on our shoelaces. With much excitement, I immediately said "She's the one because she picked us." And that was the beginning of other shoes, socks, and other items that were chewed by Honey. Thankfully, we can now laugh at our early parenting days with a puppy.
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