Danielle Hughes graduated from Elon University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. She spent the following five years working with children and adolescents in various roles through a Charlotte-based nonprofit mentoring program. Danielle facilitated groups for participants, assisted with volunteer recruitment and training, participated in fundraising through grant writing and events, and coordinated curriculum and programming across three different program sites.

In early 2009 Danielle transitioned into a role as Primary Case Manager at a residential alternative to prison for women with young children. She assisted residents and their children with individualized rehabilitative plans. Danielle also helped with the nonprofit’s general programming, including volunteer coordination, educational groups and classes, and coordination of care.

During her time as a Primary Case Manager, Danielle began taking classes towards her Master of Arts in Counseling. In December 2010, Danielle left her role at the residential nonprofit to pursue her education full time. Danielle completed her clinical practicum at a local county jail, working with women inmates by providing psychoeducational groups and workshops, as well as individual counseling.

Danielle completed her clinical internship at a regional hospice organization, where she provided group and individual counseling to patients at the end of their lives, as well as to bereaved family members of all ages. Danielle also assisted with support groups and workshops for bereaved individuals.

After earning her Master of Arts in Community Counseling and her North Carolina license for professional counseling, Danielle accepted an offer to work with children and adolescents as a Day Treatment Clinician. Danielle provided individual and group therapy to children and adolescents between the ages of 5-18. She also offered supportive parenting counseling, completed assessments, assisted in crisis intervention, and worked with the local MCO to provide approval of services for children and adolescents in need. In addition to direct care, Danielle supported Day Treatment staff through staff training, clinical presentations, and staff supervision.

In late 2015, Danielle transitioned into private practice. Danielle currently provides individual counseling to individuals facing challenges with anxiety, depression, and adjustment related concerns. She has a special interest in individual and group counseling for women with compassion fatigue and occupational burnout.