There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

Terry Pratchett

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I Know This Much Is True…

I’m a diehard believer in the strength and power of the human spirit. Though some might say it’s a tall order, I want to help build a world full of people with integrity, compassion, and insight. That is what this work is about for me.

My general areas of practice are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationships, life transitions, trauma, and coaching. I work with adults, couples, and adolescents. My practice is strength-based, solution-focused and utilizes mindfulness as a scientifically based behavioral technique.

There, that’s the psychobabble part.

Here’s the straight talk: this work is about so much more than symptoms. It is about becoming empowered, learning skills, identifying strengths, and becoming more resilient. It’s better than having a life coach; it is having a personal trainer who not only helps you identify your goals and stay motivated, but shows you what goes into the emotional muscle you are building so you can reach those goals and thrive. You don’t need a diagnosis to do this work, you need the desire to live your very best life.

DANIELLE KEMPER MSW, LCSW

Explorer/Public Land Lover/Desert Rat

Here’s the backstory about how I came to do this work:

Timeline

2018

story 1

story 1

I’m the youngest child of two, born to a couple of librarians. My birth announcement is written like an entry in the card catalog. Seriously. Picture the book title, “It’s a Girl!” This is the first day of my very first year in school and the formal beginning of my love of learning.

2018

Story 2

Story 2

I am able to identify my superpower quickly as a kid: find gimpy wildlife and bring it home to heal.

2018

Story 3

Story 3

I travel to China for the summer, just after it opens up to Westerners. This is my first exposure to a world vastly different from my own. It is also the origin of my desire to work and live in other cultures and countries.

2018

Story 4

Story 4

I graduate from high school. While sitting in the principal’s office listening to him berate students, I think, Someday I will work with people so they never have to feel beaten down and unworthy.

2018

Story 5

Story 5

I move to Mexico and fall hard for the people, the languages, the cultures, the art, the music—Mexico is my first love.

2018

Story 6

Story 6

I graduate with my BA in International Affairs and Spanish at Northern Arizona University, ready to change the world.

2018

Story 7

Story 7

I join the Peace Corps intending to go into human rights law afterward but…

2018

Story 7

Story 7

I become friends with Paige, a master’s level social worker from NYC, while serving in the Peace Corps. She inspires me to look into a social work program.

2018

Story 8

Story 8

I graduate with my MSW at the University of Houston (posing here with another amazing MSW and a few kids from the inner-city school where I am a counselor). I’m proud to say Brené Brown and I both share this incredible alma mater.

2018

Story 9

Story 9

I take the masters class in resilience, hope, and the strength and power of the human spirit from these beautiful kids. They remind me that not only does the incredible will to survive reside in each of us but also the power and ability to change our stories. Because of my work with them, I switch my career from political social work and community organizing to the therapeutic work of helping people to know themselves and their strengths (so that they can go out and change the world for the better).

2018

Story 10

Story 10

And here I am, 25 years later, still dealing with wildlife.