Dani Schaer Psy.D.


The Halliday Center is pleased to introduce Dr. Dani Schare. “Dr. Dani”, adolescent and young adult specialist. Dr. Dani received both her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited program. She has significant experience providing group and individual therapy to adolescence with a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders. She has experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), art therapy, and group therapy. 

Dr. Dani has noted that one of her greatest passions is to help teens develop confidence within themselves, so they can communicate their emotions and ask for support effectively. She strives to provide a safe environment for teens to express what is on their minds, learn invaluable coping skills, understand the mind-body connection and address relationship issues to build a sense of connection with themselves and others. She creates an understanding and empowering environment by using humor and gentle yet direct challenges. She welcomes feedback from individuals to maintain a collaborative approach. 

Dr. Dani is also passionate about supporting 20-somethings navigating stress, burnout, transitions, identity, anxiety, depression, and trauma. From her perspective, this is a pivotal time to look inward, build insight, and creative adaptive coping.

Dr. Dani approaches working with individuals in an empathic and nonjudgmental manner. She strongly feels that to help people, you must look at the entirety of a person and integrate all different aspects of their lives. This may look like including family members in session with their teens where everyone can assert their concerns, discuss how they want to be supported, and collaborate on how they want to move forward more positively. The goal of integrating parents in therapy is to foster communication and help improve the relationship.

Specialize in:

- Teens (12+)

- 20-somethings

- Depression and Anxiety

- Trauma


- Risky and self-harming behaviors

- Life transitions and stressors

- Navigating relationships (friendships, romantic, family) - Chemical Dependency

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