Although I hold an MFT license in California and am a trauma-informed clinician, I now work primarily as a psychological consultant and executive coach in both entertainment and tech. I engage with people individually and in groups to help them optimize their lives and develop fulfilling connections to Self, to others, to purpose, to innovation, to creativity and to overall life enjoyment.
When you are emotionally flexible and fearless, your work will be compelling and innovative. Understanding psychological concepts and unblocking your own emotional wounding is imperative to gaining the emotional agility necessary for a successful career in any creative field. You have a unique approach to life. Our work together will be unique, expansive, and based on sound psychological principles.
I work with writers, actors, and producers on films and television shows such as Handmaid’s Tale, Mom, Grey's Anatomy, Alexa and Katie, Panic and more to ensure character portrayals of mental illness are accurate and compelling and storylines are socially responsible. I also collaborate with all types of professional groups to encourage creative expansion and improve work flow.
Holly Daniels, PhD, LMFT, has worked as a clinician, meditation teacher, and psychological consultant for over fifteen years. She speaks locally and nationally on a variety of mental-health related topics and has been interviewed for NPR, Time, CNN Health, US News and World Report and others regarding portrayals of grief and mental illness in television and film, codependency and relationship issues, and strategies to stay in recovery after treatment. Holly serves as the Managing Director of Clinical Affairs for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), supporting over 32,000 psychotherapists statewide. She received her PhD in Psychology from Sofia University, her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and her Bachelor’s in Education at Pennsylvania State University. Before moving into the world of psychology, Holly held several roles in the entertainment industry, including working as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) vested actress appearing in Castle, Nip Tuck, House, Crazy Stupid Love and several national commercial campaigns. A proud mother of two college students, she lives in Los Angeles with her life partner and two cats.
As a proud alumnus of Sofia University in Palo Alto, I am excited to share the news that Deepak Chopra, MD, has been appointed Professor of Consciousness Studies at Sofia. I was fortunate to meet Dr. Chopra during my 2016 graduation ceremony.
In 2014, I had the honor of attending the second annual East West Conference hosted by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It was a blessing to meet such a great spiritual leader. In the words of His Holiness, "If you want to be happy, practice compassion."