Who Am I
I, Dora Durante, am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My training enables me to be available to a diverse clientele seeking soul justice in the form of healing by using an integrative approach of therapeutic models that include Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I define soul justice as the true and lawful healing of one’s brokenness from the inside out; a healing process from pain and destruction that produces life (joy, peace, happiness, and self-worth).
As a Christian, I approach counseling from a spiritual perspective. This all begins with the establishment of a therapeutic alliance, regardless of the therapeutic approach. I seek to enter a relationship with my clients from a perspective of trust (nonjudgmental), empathetic understanding, and unconditional positive regard to help ensure client’s self-concept become more positive and realistic. My major focus is to help individuals open up and be an effective and active agent in their search for meaning and well-being; an interactive approach that will enable individuals to successfully work through unprocessed hurt and pain.
Through my encounters as an intern and licensed counselor, I have experiences working with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups. Diverse individual experiences include both male and female, adolescents, young, middle age, and elderly adults across multiple socio-economic ranges and ethnicities, Africans, African Americans, Asians, Europeans and English-speaking Hispanics. Group counseling diversity includes divorce care of men and women, single parenting, grief sharing, teen problems, domestic violence abuse intervention (victims and perpetrators), and anger management. These experiences have enlarged my awareness that a diverse population encompasses a multitude of belief systems and norms.
I am a member of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. I am happily married and the mother of one son and one granddaughter. During my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, reading and helping others to see their role as a productive citizen of society.
My mission is to serve as an Angel of Soul Justice with a responsibility to help restore broken relationships with families, individuals, and self. I define soul justice as the true and lawful healing of one’s brokenness from the inside out; a healing process from pain and destruction that produces life (joy, peace, happiness, and self-worth). Soul Justice is finding a true sense of worth that will enable one to redirect or channel negative energy into positive energy; to let go of self-pity and low self-esteem; to understand that one is justified in their search to recognize their significance in a world where equality or equity continues to appear out of reach. Soul Justice is the regaining of a voice that was previously silenced through continuous physical, verbal, and/or emotional abuse. It allows one to move beyond the past and present and realize hope in the future. Soul Justice is the armoring or empowering of individuals so they can become fully visible in society. Soul Justice allows one to perceive his or her pain and engage in a process to encourage one to move beyond the pain he/she experienced and declare freedom from being stuck in pain. As an Angel of Soul Justice, I am committed to guide my clients through stages of depression, anxiety and other sufferings. I must remember that God placed me in a position to be a Good Shepherd; Soul Justifier to my clients; to help them overcome their pain and suffering and arrive at a place of safety.
- The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - - License #LC8951
- The National Board of Certified Counselors - National Certified Counselor (NCC) - - License #706755
- American Counseling Association (ACA) Certified
- Alpha Sigma Nu Academic and Professional Jesuit Honor Society
- Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University, Maryland
- Master of Science in Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
- Alpha Sigma Nu
Speaking Engagements/ Presentations
- The Church’s Response to Domestic Violence: Effective Justice for the 21st Century
- Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Counseling
- Beating the System: Effective Parenting for the 21st Century
- Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Class Leader / Class Leader Council Coordinator
- Former tutor for the United States Census Bureau PIE Program