Danielle Ung (Danni) earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida with an emphasis on evidence-based treatments for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Ung completed her clinical practicum at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Autism Center where she used interventions such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Training and Social Skill Training for youth with ASD and their families. She has worked in several settings including schools (primary and university level), hospitals, and outpatient centers.
Danni is currently a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington State and professor in the Counseling and Health Psychology department at Bastyr University. She teaches undergraduate and masters level students and supervises counseling students in the areas of lifespan development, personality, multicultural psychology, cognition and behavior, and human sexuality.
Through both in-person and virtual care, Danni has conducted assessments and evidenced based therapy with individuals of all ages, identities and backgrounds. In particular, she enjoys working with families and believes that effective treatment includes not only the child but the whole family unit. Dr. Ung approaches treatment from a whole person care using a biopsychosocial model that considers the many contexts that make a patient’s journey unique. She aims to facilitate a collaborative relationship with her patients where they can grow and heal, as well as become empowered and active participants in their lives.
What's something you'd like clients to know about Cadence?
"For many young children, a significant number of behaviors can be changed by working primarily with parents. At the core of problematic behaviors, a child may be asking, 'Do you love me? Do you see me? Do you care about me?' and it's on us parents to communicate 'Yes.' By starting with the foundational skills of a secure relationship (one based on mutual trust and respect), we can then begin to change the child’s behaviors that initially brought parents to therapy including tantrums, aggressive behaviors, and compliance issues."