Dr. Dana L. Sinopoli, Psy.D.
Office: Medical Arts Building
1601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and have been in private practice since 2013. My training and clinical experience has ranged from university counseling to psychiatric inpatient and my work continues to be guided by the notion that we all have a story to tell and a right to be listened to in-depth. My work within community mental health centers, the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, and psychiatric hospital systems has fostered my dedication to also hearing those who are most often marginalized, including those who struggle severely and chronically. My involvement with psychoanalytic communities in Chicago, Connecticut, and Philadelphia continually informs my understanding that symptoms, in all their unwanted, disruptive, and painful forms, mean something important and are worth taking a closer look at.
I have a particular interest in the roles that gender expectations and assumptions play in psychological wellness. I have come to find that an exploration of gender and cultural identity can be quite fruitful, particularly with regard to trauma and boundary violations; conflicted feelings about relationships or parenthood; and anxiety about "making it" or "having it all."
In addition to therapy, I have also designed and teach a lecture course titled "Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma" for Chestnut Hill College graduate students and have provided numerous trainings to detectives, attorneys, firefighters, and first responders with the goals of contributing to the discourse of trauma informed care and decreasing the potential for revictimization from a systemic position. I have also served as an expert witness, entrusted with educating the jury on delayed reporting and traumatic memory.
I approach therapy from a relational perspective, which means that our work is about facilitating greater self-awareness through mutual curiosity and collaborative attunement. Figuring out what "the good life" looks like is a unique and individual process and therapy is an opportunity to sort through what is and is not working. I hold a great deal of respect for the decision that two minds can sometimes be better than one.