Dana Pasculescu


Pronouns: she/her/hers

License: AMFT

License No: 122835

Availability: Monday - Thursday

Rate: $150 per 50 minute session

Location: Mission Valley, Telehealth

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Dana was born and raised in Europe, and since she was an adolescent, she felt that her calling was to help others. She became interested in psychology in her early twenties when she was overcoming struggles of her own. Her journey as a therapist started when she moved to the United States. 

Dana earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from San Diego State University. During her time at SDSU, she got trained in Narrative Therapy and completed her internship at a nonprofit community mental health clinic. Dana served a diverse population of clients that differed in age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and cultural background. Her experience consists in working with individuals and couples seeking help to deal with relationship distress and life challenges. 

Dana received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a research-based framework that she uses when working with individuals and couples. Using her EFT clinical training, she helps her clients organize their uncomfortable emotions, grow emotionally, repair attachment injuries, and create secure relationships. Through her expertise, she helps her clients promote a sense of wellness in their relationships and build long-lasting connections based on trust, respect, and love. 

Dana is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist based in San Diego, California. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Dana’s clinical practice is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Narrative Therapy. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative, non-judgmental, caring, empathetic, growth-oriented, and non-pathologizing. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Training:san-diego-efit-counseling

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship San Diego, ICEEFT
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy CORE Skills, ICEEFT
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and Trauma, Level 1, ICEEFT
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Level 2, ICEEFT
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Attachment Injury Repair Model Training (AIRM)
  • Master Class: EFT with Interpersonal Partner Violence

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Training:

Dana Pasculescu is a Level I AEPD Therapist

  • AEDP Immersion
  • AEDP Essential Skills 1 (in progress)

Circle of Security Parenting Program (COS-P) Training:

  • Registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator

Professional Affiliations:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy CAMFT, Clinical Member
  • International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy ICEEFT, Clinical Member


Areas of Focus

  • Couples and Individuals
  • Anxiety
  • Academic Distress
  • Body Image Issues
  • Body Weight Issues
  • Developing Healthy Boundaries
  • Family Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBT Issues
  • Relationship Injuries
  • Relationship Distress
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Women’s Issues

Dana Pasculescu is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #122835, supervised by Jennine Estes LMFT#47653 

Get to Know Marriage Therapist Dana Pasculescu, MFT.

When did you decide to go into Marriage and Family Therapy?

I decided to follow my passion for helping others and pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy when I moved to the United States. It was during this time when I decided to change my career and move away from a career in IT towards a more caring and empathetic path. I chose to become a therapist because I wanted to bring more meaning into my life and a sense of fulfillment that only caring for others offered. 

Do you have advice for someone who is considering counseling?

Counseling is a safe space where you get to explore yourself and talk about your experiences. It is an environment where you can feel safe, valued, and free to be yourself fully. With the help of a therapist, you learn to build resilience and increase self-awareness and self-compassion. 

What would you say to someone who is nervous about setting up their first counseling session with you?

Kudos to you for considering counseling. It takes tremendous courage to decide to go to therapy, take inventory of your life, and decide to change for the best. It is normal to feel nervous because sharing your personal story with a stranger can be scary. 

I hope I will have the honor to meet you. It will be a privilege to listen to your story. I want to reassure you that if we get to work together, my main goal will be to create a safe space where you can heal, repair your relationship, build hope, and get closer to the best version of yourself. Schedule your appointment today to experience the transformative benefits of counseling! 

Do you have a special area you focus on within the therapy field?

My specialty is multicultural couples, family of origin issues, and family dynamics.

I have experience facilitating couples therapy, individual therapy, and business partner therapy. I completed specific certifications (EFT CORE Skills, AIRM, EFT and Partner Violence, EFIT 1 & 2) that prepared me to work with these clients. 

For couples therapy, I have experience working with religious and spiritual couples, premarital couples, and multiracial, multicultural, and diverse couples. I am passionate about working with these clients because, as an immigrant and bilingual EFT therapist, I am receptive to multicultural differences and the challenges that these differences can create in relationships.  

In addition, I have experience working with individuals who struggle with stress disorders, self-esteem, anxiety, body-image issues, and relationship distress. 

How do you pass your time when you are not working with clients?

I enjoy spending time with my family and loved ones. My husband and I love going to the beach, hiking, and staying active. My favorite activity is to watch the sunset at the beach. If you do not find me at the beach, you will find me at a coffee shop eating a French pastry and drinking a latte. 

If you were not a couples therapist, what would you be doing?

If I were not a therapist, I would be a yoga or workout instructor because I enjoy helping others to better themselves and promote healthy habits.