Dr. Dana L. Sinopoli, Psy.D.
Office: Medical Arts Building
1601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am a licensed psychologist and certified psychoanalyst through the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia 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. My training in relational psychoanalysis has fostered a strong understanding that what happens in the room between my patients and myself is indelibly important and an inlet for understanding aspects of one's mind, history, and relationships.
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 taught "Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma" at the graduate school level and have provided numerous trainings to detectives, attorneys, firefighters, and first responders about trauma informed forensic interviewing and secondary traumatization. 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.