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Updated on Oct 30, 2023

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Danielle Wayne, LCSW

Idaho, LCSW #38078; Iowa, LISW #096945

Seeing clients since 2014
About Danielle | She/they

Danielle Wayne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing convenient online therapy across the states of Idaho and Iowa. They specialize in working with millennial professionals who look like they have their shit together, but in reality are overwhelmed by their anxiety and the weight of feeling like a "failure." Danielle often works with people pleasers, perfectionists, and people struggling with how ADHD is showing up in their lives. When first starting in this field, Danielle worked a high-pressure professional career, which means they know what it’s like to feel the demands of overwhelming burn out. This has also motivated her to continue to receive training in the areas of trauma, anxiety, and ADHD. Some of these advanced trainings include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which are some of the most common approaches that they take in meetings with clients. Her approach to therapy has been described as supportive, understanding, and humorous (when appropriate).

Message to clients

As someone who specializes in helping people who are anxious, overwhelmed, and struggling with how their ADHD impacts them, I’ve tried to incorporate the idea of keeping it simple into my entire process with therapy. I’ve found that if therapy is complicated, that just adds to the overwhelm, which sort of defeats the purpose. I also try to work with my clients and explain things along the way. Therapy is a journey we’ll be taking together, and I want to work with my clients to decide together how we’re going to navigate it. My belief is that it’s your therapy, so you decide where we go with it. That means if unexpected things come up, we can always shift directions. But the first step is scheduling our first appointment, which is a sort of meet-and-greet. It helps us know if we’ll be a good fit for each other, so you can feel comfortable meeting but also in the approach we may take.


Masters of Social Work | Northwest Nazarene University, 2015

Race and ethnicity


Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken


Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only


ADHD, Anxiety, Burnout

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Anxiety, Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Neurodivergence, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Transgender people, Trauma, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Autism spectrum, Gender identity

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Humorous, Laid back, Solution-oriented, Conversational


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Trauma-focused




Individual Session


Couples Session


Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
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Peer review

Danielle has an extensive experience and training treating those with depression, ADHD and trauma. She is knowledgeable on both in-patient and out-patient, allowing for flawless transitioning of care for those patients that need it. She is relatable and caring to a wide variety of clients, minorities and LGBT+ communities.

—Nathan Kalim, NCPT
Peer review

If you are looking for a counselor who is straight-forward, honest, ethical, and accepting, Danielle is your therapist. She connects well with individuals who appreciate diversity and who are high achievers, but need to learn how to affirm their true selves. She is highly intelligent, funny, and accepting of all.

—Melinda Russell, LCSW
Peer review

Danielle is an astounding and reputable therapist and individual; warm, kind, trusted and very bright. She would be an exceptional therapist.

—Candy Wells, LCSW
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