Dana Marie Nielsen, M.A., RYT, MFTI


Hi there, I'm Dana.

 You can think of me as your emotional midwife, for I'm here to help you push when you need to, and learn to surrender when it's time.

I'm a therapist for women because I know in my bones that when we choose to stand for ourselves, the ripple effect on our world is palpable. When we learn to drop into our essence, we authentically stand for the people, projects and passions we care about. Knowing this lights me up.

A bit of background...


Over the years I've immersed myself deeply in study of the yoga tradition, meditation, shamanic studies and reiki energy work. My passion for healing and the mind-body connection eventually lead me to the Somatic psychology M.A. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The journey of becoming a psychotherapist has been a beautiful full-circle path for me, for through reclaiming my own body and sovereignty, I found my calling as a therapist.

I have worked with a diverse range of clients as a therapist at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy - a sliding scale trauma-focused counseling center and partner with women's organizations including the Gyals network, Black Girls Code and more, to facilitate mindfulness workshops and courses throughout the Bay Area. I also work with girls in coming of age and rites of passage work through the Stepping Stones Project. Last but not least, my heart and my therapy practice is fueled by my continued practice and study of the Mysore Asthanga yoga tradition with Devorah Sacks.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
— Pema Chodron