Helping Women Help Themselves
Dani's Personal Story
My name is Danielle, but I'm better known as Dani. I was born in Homestead, Florida to island parents (from Trinidad & Tobago). I grew up as an only child, but have four older half siblings. Growing up in Homestead, the idea of beauty (to me) were girls who were "thick," or "curvaceous." As you've seen from my pictures, I am on the thinner side. On the 'outside,' things looked fine but inside I felt like I didn't belong; I had a hard time feeling pretty. To this day, I'm still on my self-love journey. Through middle school, high school, and college, I struggled with self esteem issues that I made sure to hide. I didn't like my glasses, or my braces, and I especially hated my acne, to say the least. Having been raised by strict, island parents who taught me to be very careful in my surroundings and always mind my p's and q's, over time I developed issues with anxiety (to no fault of my parents). During and after college, I found myself committed to unhealthy relationships that eventually evolved into codependency. I not only created and fell into unhealthy habits but I self-medicated with substances detrimental to my health...
Here I am today, 11 years later to help smart, successful women bring light to the darkness -- no one has to feel alone. There are many people out there, like myself, who suffer with issues but don't want to shed light on them. I'm here to say, "it's okay not to be okay." It's about progress, not perfection. We live in a time of instant gratification, picture filters, and ultimate convenience. People lack deep, meaningful conversations, connections, and relationships that help support them and feel on FIRE about life.
Dani's Professional Story
Danielle “Dani” La Barrie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree Majoring in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from Florida International University. Ms. La Barrie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns, as well as a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida. She has worked as a mental health therapist in the Department of Juvenile Justice System in Broward County, as a school-based therapist in the Florida Keys, as an in-home family therapist providing intensive therapy to at-risk youths, and as a clinical director of addiction treatment centers. She has significant experience with clients who suffer from addiction disorders, mental health disorders, dual diagnoses, personality disorders, addictive behaviors, and codependency.
As founder and CEO of Affinity Care, Dani has expanded to assisting ambitious women who tend to fill voids with what we call ‘Affinities’ — addictions to (Affinity for) alcohol, unhealthy relationships, shopping, food, technology, social media, gambling, working...addicted to pain, chaos, depression, anger, and anxiety, to name a few examples. Affinity Care helps women fill the emotional void they once filled with addiction(s), get connected with themselves, and get reignited with their passion through guided meditations, spirituality, mindfulness techniques, and more!
Now that you know a little about me and what's brought me here,
I'd like to share my intention with you.
In our journey together, we're going to figure out where you are....
do you tend to fill voids with alcohol? Pills? Unhealthy relationships?
Let's get introspective and understand WHY you do the things you do...
...even though you're perfect just the way you are :)