Dina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist who received a Doctorate from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Play Therapy and Counselor Education. Prior to that, Dina obtained both a Master's of Education and Bachelor's Degree from UNT. Before joining DCTC, Dina worked as a Clinical Supervisor at a local non-profit in Denton providing counseling to children, teens, and adults who were victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has also worked at many area schools where she counseled adolescents and children utilizing both Play Therapy and traditional talk therapy. Dina has and continues to provide education to undergraduate and graduate level counseling students at both Texas Women's University and The University of North Texas in Denton.
Dina has experience treating children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, teens, and adults. Her style is very focused on the relationship and rapport she develops with each individual client. Dina specializes in treating sexual and emotional trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, academic stress, grief, PTSD, and self-esteem. In her work with children, she specializes in behavioral issues, ADHD, and peer-relationship skills. She has experience navigating the adjustment process with children and families post-adoption. She has experience treating the LGBTQ population and considers herself an ally of the community. Dina is trained in the Gottman Method of Relationship Counseling which she utilizes to help individuals learn healthy communication skills and reduce resentment. She is trained as a Child Parent Relationship Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Client Centered Play Therapist. Dina also provides ongoing supervision to other therapists who are training in these techniques. Most recently, Dina has pursued advanced training in the utilization of DBT.
In her free time, Dina enjoys exploring Denton's festivals, salsa dancing, singing, painting, crafting, and spending time with her two cats, Marilyn and Stella.