Tonya McDaniel, MEd, MSW, LSW, Director of Professional Development
Tonya McDaniel is a licensed social worker who has been working in the field of psychology and sexuality for almost 20 years. Her philosophic outlook is that most people have good intentions and are trying to do the best that they can given the tools they have at their disposal. Her goal as a therapist is to help create a space where clients can feel good about their accomplishments, identify areas that they want to improve, and expand their resources and skills to overcome conflict. She is able to accomplish this by employing a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, narrative, psychodynamic, existential and systemic therapy.
Tonya's strong background in research and education enables her to provide clients a multifaceted perspective on the issues they are facing. She is able to adapt her approach according to the needs of the individual. She will take on the role of a cheerleader, champion, educator, advocate, empathetic listener, and mediator to support clients in reaching their goals.
Currently, Tonya provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy to people who are struggling with various issues, including anxiety, OCD, neurodiversity, ADHD, depression, post-partum depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, grief & loss, sexual functioning, parenting and relationship challenges including polyamory. In addition, Tonya has experience with specific life-adjustment areas, such as transition-to-parenthood, GLBTQ orientation, multicultural issues and intellectual disabilities.
Tonya’s passion for helping people achieve their full potential has led her to present at national conferences; serve on multiple interdisciplinary teams; create sexuality curricula; train staff on sensitive issues; and advise agencies developing sexual relationship policies.
Tonya graduated from Widener University with a Master in Social Work and a Master in Education in Human Sexuality. Additionally, Tonya spent a year studying psychology at the Université du Mirail in Toulouse, France. She is currently working on her PhD that she anticipates obtaining in 2020.
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Tonya McDaniel, MEd, MSW, LSW, Director of Professional Development’s Latest TIPs:
Stopping Anxious Thoughts
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Virtual Reality Therapy Services
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Overcoming Negativity Bias
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Use Your Anger Wisely
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Accessing Your Wise Mind
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