Latrece McDaniel, LMSW, CAADC

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Melissa

Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services (AOD) 
LMSW, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Michigan State University (B.S, B.A), Michigan State University (M.S.W.)

Email: mcdanila@gvsu.edu

StrengthsFinder Top 5: Learner, Empathy, Strategic, Relator, Developer

Approach to Therapy: I utilize an integrative approach to therapy and work to create a strong therapeutic relationship. This approach incorporates examining patterns of thoughts and interpersonal relationships including family of origin relationships and their impacts on feelings and behavior. With use of a multicultural focus, therapy is a journey into self-exploration to identify both strengths and challenges to create empowerment leading to change.

Campus and Community Involvement:

  • Positive Black Women and Black Faculty Staff Association Affinity Groups
  • Alcohol Advisory Committee
  • Veteran’s Network Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work

     

Areas of Clinical Interest:

  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Adjustment Concerns
  • Multicultural Matters and Intersecting Identities
  • Relationship Concerns and Development

Self-Care:

  • Prayer and attending to my faith
  • Hair care and styling
  • Time with family and friends
  • Shopping (including mastering the art of effective grocery shopping)
  • Time at the beach

Fun Fact/s:

  • I initially avoided the path to becoming a therapist (started in Computer Science)
  • I really like shoes