My passion for psychology started in high school. I took one course and fell in love with the subject. I was fascinated by people’s ideas, behaviors, and emotions and wanted to learn more. Through the local community health center, I became trained as a peer counselor and realized how much I thrived when I was counseling others. Unfortunately, I did not pursue this passion in college; I was too focused on maximizing my chances of gainful employment after graduation. I chose to combine my interest in psychology with my aptitude for math and science. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University.
A few months after graduating college, I was offered a job and began my career as a loss control consultant for a large insurance company. I enjoyed my work, especially the relationships I formed with clients, and quickly climbed the corporate ladder. After a few years, I became a manager in a newly opened office of the company. I was becoming completely entrenched in the corporate world when I realized I was on the wrong path.
After careful thought and deliberation, I decided to go back to school and follow my passion. I knew I wanted to be a psychologist and was ready for the many years of schooling ahead of me to obtain my doctorate. Although it was a long and difficult road, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I can honestly say that being a psychologist feels like my life’s purpose.
My approach is collaborative and tailor-made to meet clients where they’re at in ways that are logical, practical and make sense for them. I am easy to talk to and use humor when appropriate to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. During our sessions together, I listen intently to you and offer suggestions and ideas based on who you are, what you need and your lifestyle. I offer a warm, compassionate and authentic environment for you to feel at ease while you explore your innermost struggles and desires.
I know firsthand what it’s like to be in therapy. It can be a humbling experience to share your private thoughts and feelings with a therapist. Exploring parts of yourself and your life in ways you never have before can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. As difficult as it was, I was able to transform challenges into profound healing and growth. Therapy was instrumental in enabling me to have a more mindful, conscious, and connected life. I love being able to do the same for others.
Danielle DeTora, Psy.D. earned her Doctorate of Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University in Medford, MA. In addition, Dr. DeTora has completed extensive advanced training in all areas of her specialties and is in the process of becoming a certified Imago therapist. Dr. DeTora has given presentations in the community on parenting teens and written an article for the local newspaper on the importance of emotions and how to manage them.