Dana Jill Oshiro
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime therapy and coaching appointments
Offers remote sessions for coaching clients.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Academic issues
- Multicultural issues
- Life transitions
Dana Jill Oshiro is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Social Worker and Coach in Lexington, MA specializing in anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, trauma, stress, and multicultural issues among young adults and professionals. In addition to therapy, Dana helps clients overcome roadblocks to personal, academic, and professional success through coaching. She received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and her ScB from Brown University, and worked in high tech prior to her psychotherapy career.
Dana enjoys working with professionals experiencing challenges related to anxiety, stress, perfectionism and procrastination in the workplace, personal relationships, career changes, feeling stuck in a career and unresolved childhood trauma. She is also skilled at helping clients navigate life transitions, particularly creating a work-life balance once professionals become parents as well.
Dana also frequently works with undergraduate and graduate students transitioning to high-pressure academic environments. She helps clients build skills around procrastination and perfectionism, as well as explore underlying feelings of inadequacy and fear of rejection. Dana helps young adults navigate identity formation, particularly as it relates to racial and multicultural dynamics and the expectations of the client’s family of origin.
Dana utilizes a mind-body approach, incorporating Trauma Informed and Psychodynamic treatment models, Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (“tapping”), a method that uses acupressure points to help release negative beliefs and emotions and install positive ones. Her educational and training background provides a deep understanding of how cultural value systems influence lived experience, and she strives to create an environment that is welcoming to clients of all identities and backgrounds.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
Procrastination – Increasing time management skills as a student and working professional; identifying stressors and ties to perfectionism
Perfectionism – Feelings of inadequacy and failure and rejection, self criticism, avoidance and procrastination, related to overly high standards
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life; navigating ADD / ADHD in school
Racial identity – Exploring challenges related to racial, cultural, and religious identities and their intersection with gender and class; navigating systems of oppression and privilege; coping with the stress of living as a minority
Multicultural issues – Adjusting to a new majority cultural; navigating biracial relationships
Trauma – Including dealing with past assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence)
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; negotiating workplace relationships; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Mindfulness – Increasing awareness of the internal and external world; learning to be present and engaged in the here and now
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
- Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Initial Session: $225 (75min)
- Ongoing Sessions: $150 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dana can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I feel passionately about helping people become their best self and have a very warm, genuine and empathic style with a strong sense of humor! My life experience as a mother of both a teenager and young adult and in a 30+ year relationship with my husband gives me compassion for the struggles people go through and for their courage in taking the risks to overcome them."
Treatment approachesAdvanced Trauma Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Trauma Informed Treatment
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Simmons School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, 1996 - 2002
Milton Academy, Consultant, 1996 - 2000
Riverside Counseling, 1992 - 1999
Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1992
Brown University, Sc.B, 1983