Anita Dacanay M.Ed., LPC, Counselor Anita graduated from Cleveland State University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who has worked in community agency and college counseling settings. She has experience treating adolescent and adult clients with a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. Anita has also assisted clients with academic performance, career decisions, eating and body image, and exploring identity. Anita’s integrative, humanistic approach utilizes techniques and interventions from person-centered, existential, narrative, and gestalt therapies as well as mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Drawing from her previous experience as a theater artist and arts educator, Anita approaches counseling with creativity, humor, and openness. Anita values developing a strong therapeutic relationship to provide a safe context for clients to engage in honest self-exploration. Anita also encourages clients to identify and access their existing strengths to develop healthy coping skills and work toward values-driven goals. Working through a feminist lens, Anita embraces clients of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. Anita’s preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.