Emotional Growth Through Psychotherapy

Dayna W Sharp, LCSW


Creating Space

"Freedom. It isn’t once, to walk out under the Milky Way, feeling the rivers of light, the fields of dark—freedom is daily, prose-bound, routine remembering. Putting together, inch by inch the starry worlds. From all the lost collections." -Adrienne Rich

In a society based in competition, achievement and success, emotional stress can be the norm.  It is my belief that we can all benefit from creating spaces in which we can intentionally reflect on who we are, what we value, what is painful, what brings us joy, and how to change things that aren't working.  As a Clinical Social Worker, I can offer that space.
  "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." -Maya Angelou

Often we grow up "stuck" in someone else's story, that is as part of a parent or other caregiver's perceptions of the world and of ourselves.  Other times, we grow up with misguided but developmentally appropriate negative beliefs about ourselves that are rooted in childhood yet continue to cause pain through adulthood.  I work with my clients to facilitate the process of cultivating a more realistic narrative, emotional balance and well being.  I help my clients to find relief from anxiety and stress, depression, challenging life transitions, interpersonal challenges, substance abuse and traumatic life experiences.  I also provide guidance and support through pregnancy and parenting. Perhaps most importantly, I have a deep understanding of human psychology and relationships.  I am flexible in my approach to psychotherapy, incorporating trauma-focused therapy, narrative therapypsychodynamicmeditative and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Ultimately, I believe in providing individualized services based upon my clients' needs. 


“Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.”  -bell hooks

I see my role as a therapist as to provide a loving space from which people can connect with love for themselves.  I encourage anyone to do a thorough search before choosing a therapist, as there are many different personalities and approaches.  I hope these Guidelines for Choosing a Therapist can be helpful in your decision-making process.  Please know that I am an out-of-network provider, meaning I do not accept insurance.  For more information on this, please see Fees.  For more information on my training and experience, please see my Abbreviated CV.  I am also happy to offer a free consultation by telephone to see if we might be a good match. 

Please call to schedule an appointment...(609) 828-5011
Still Waters Holistic Health Therapies
2305 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA  19130
(609) 828-5011
Jewish Family and Children's Services
1301 Springdale Road, Suite 150 Cherry Hill, NJ  08003
(856) 424-1333 X 1415