Danielle Goncalves, LCSW

Who am I?

Growing up, I spent many summers working at a Summer Camp for underserved youth from New York City. There, I had the privilege of working with many kids in foster care, and it was then that I knew I wanted to dive into this field. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience working with individuals and groups. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Alliance University (formerly known as Nyack College) and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College. While in graduate school, I completed my internship with Haven Academy Charter School, a leader in holistic and preventative care for children in,  and at risk of, being placed in foster care. Along with my experience in a school, I have clinical experience in non-profit and private practice settings. During my five years in a non-profit setting, I worked with a small team to establish a community center for children and families where we provided social-emotional learning classes, mentoring programs, and parenting groups in the South Bronx and East Harlem. Since 2018, I’ve been privileged to work with individuals, families, and groups here in Williamsburg, VA.

I love working with:

Children, teens, college students, young adults, and parents.

My areas of focus include:

  • Trauma
  • Life changes/transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic illness
  • Foster Care and Adoption

Some of my favorite approaches include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT and TF-CBT), Narrative Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Self-Compassion Therapy. I use a Strengths-Based Perspective and often include the Multidimensional Framework that involves assessing one’s biological, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. I love playing games, discussing lyrics/listening to music, doing crafts, and using art throughout therapy.