Dragana (Dee) Hrvat

(MS, LCPC)

About Me

Dee adapts her clinical approach to match the needs of her clients by utilizing a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral, person-centered, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, family multi-generational approaches, strength-based, and trauma focused interventions. Dee has a passion for helping others navigate through life’s difficulties, and to see the hope and change in her clients’ lives.

Dee has worked with children, adolescents, and families in family-based and school-based programs, seeking to help individuals with severe emotional disturbances in homes, schools, and community settings. Dee was drawn to counseling while still in high school when friends and family revealed she was a naturally good listener, gifted with intuition, compassion, and has the ability to empathize with others. She believes in the relative approach to counseling and as such, strives to provide a safe place for people to be heard and find acceptance of where they truly are – not just where they should be. “The Person is more important than the Problem,” is one of her favorite sayings! Working from a wellness perspective, she helps resolve barriers to natural growth and development, and promote healing and joyfulness.

Dee has earned her Bachelors Degree in Gerontology from University of Maryland and her Masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University; She received her Associate degree from UMBC in Biology and Nursing, and is certified in Health and Aging. She was born and raised in Bosnia where she has experienced firsthand life tragedies, trauma, loss and survival for shelter. Her life experiences as well as educational trainings place her to understand and allow her to specialize how to deal with grief, PTSD, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, parent/child conflict, self-harming behaviors, crisis de-escalation, difficult adjustments to life transitions and divorce.

Disorders Served: ADD/ADHD, Addiction (Process i.e. food, gambling, other), Addiction (Sexual), Addiction (Substance Dependence i.e. drugs/alcohol), Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Blended Family, Couples Intensive, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence, Geriatric, Grief/Bereavement, Infidelity, Loss/Abandonment, Marital/Premarital, OCD, ODD, Parenting, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Self-esteem/self-worth, Self-harm, Trauma

Special Populations Served: Children 6+, Adolescents, Adults, Senior/Elderly, Couples, Families, Same Sex Relationship


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Bosnian

Croatian

Serbian


Licensing

LCPC #LC10179 (Expires: 2022-01-31)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Mar 18, 2021 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I can't believe what a great match teen counseling made for me with Dee as my counsellor. I was expecting to try a few different counsellors before finding the right fit, which had been my experience with traditional therapy. Instead, my first match was a phenomenal one.

Looking forward to many more enjoyable and fruitful sessions with Dee moving forward!

Written by A.S. on Mar 10, 2021 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 6 months

Wonderful experience . Dee is patient, approachable, and very understanding.

Written by J.E. on Jan 28, 2021 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and career difficulties

I have been working with Dee for a few weeks now and it has been a great experience. It's nice to have someone who will listen objectively to the things going on in my life. She offers support, advice, and guidance in a kind and understanding of way.

Written by J.O. on Dec 07, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Dee has been wonderful to work with. I've found this type of counseling much more helpful that traditional, as the chat room function is a great way to stay connected. Dee provides therapeutic listening and has provided me with a lot of helpful tools. I've been very happy to work with her.

Written by S.H. on Nov 30, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dee is a wonderful counselor. She is knowledgeable, empathic, and highly reachable. I am grateful for her expertise and calm, compassionate demeanor.

Written by D.A. on Sep 17, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Very helpful and understanding. Gave valuable input on how to change your perception of yourself. Highly recommend to others seeking a counselor.

Written by A.T. on Aug 21, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I met Dee a few months ago. After going through a tough job loss, I knew that I needed to get help with grieving, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, 2016-2020 has been a difficult time. I needed to find someone who would listen with a kind an open ear / not judge me based on that, and work with me as a person (not a label).... yet still be aware of issues that we face.

Dee has been so helpful to me. She gives amazing advice! She listens to my blathering on and on about the details in my life, and is able to almost always give some kind of sage wisdom that just shuts it down and makes you think "gee whiz, why the heck didn't I think about that......" She has helped me come back from the brink of losing myself, and find ground again... I'm really going to miss her, and I know who to reach out to if I ever need help. :)

Written by S.H. on Aug 07, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Honestly the most caring, helpful person I’ve ever met

Written by R.A. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

She was awesome!

Written by G.R. on Apr 25, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 months on issues concerning bipolar disorder

Dee Hrvat has been a great resource for me for the time I've used this service. Her insight has brought me much peace and joy and I value her well thought out responses and her service.

Written by J.O. on Apr 14, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dee has been an outstanding resource and has helped my wife and I tremendously.

Written by T.R. on Mar 28, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compas

Ms. Hrvat is a really great counselor she is very understanding,

Written by N.I. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Dee is just wonderful. She's such a good listener and offers really great advice on how to deal with a problem. She helps me see things in a new light and from a different perspective. I really feel like she cares and knows what she's talking about. I would recommend Dee to anyone out there looking for a genuine, down to earth counselor; no matter your issues.

Written by T.Y. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Dee has been amazing and helped me in so many ways already! With her help I have faced two of my biggest fears in life in the space of weeks and she has really helped me better understand myself and the choices I make so I can better work towards making more positive ones! It has been my first experience with therapy and it has been amazing, Dee is compassionate, understanding, patient, knowledgeable and I feel very at ease when talking with her, I couldn’t recommend Dee enough!

Written by J.E. on Feb 27, 2020 after counseling with Dragana (Dee) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

I would highly recommend Dee to anybody that is going through some things like trauma or mental health issues. Dee is very kind and works with you to set a goal as to where you need and want to be. I love the fact that she checks in on you and asks you questions on how your day or week is going and also gives you worksheets to fill out and to think about certain issues that effect you.