We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Danielle Delaney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Danielle, how does your business help the community?
We are in a Mental Healthcare crisis throughout the world, as much as we are in crisis in other ways during this pandemic. People are lost and flailing in many ways, and counseling/therapy is a way through to the other side. Community at large is supported by the wellness of those living within it, and that includes the critical infrastructure of the Addiction & Recovery healthcare space as well as trauma healing. We are collectively experiencing immense and intense trauma, the likes of which we have never seen. Whether a person is a celebrity or your average Joe or Jane, we are all deserving of support and help. Let me stress that “recovery” can mean recovery from anything harmful – Digital Addiction, eating disordered behaviors as well as chemical dependencies. An intervention is a showing of love & support on the deepest level. I perform interventions, and send out Wellness Concierges and Sober Companions to those who need help to stay the course. What people do after treatment is actually more important that what they do during an inpatient stay. This is complete wraparound care – from taking the client to the chosen facility, to their Aftercare, working with me when their stay is completed and they return to the same stressors. I’m very hands on with my clients, and discretion is of the utmost importance. When individuals heal and stay well, they can do what they do best to contribute to society, and their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the world is better for it. I’m happy to own a business that really impacts all manner of recovery.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I perform Interventions, meaning that when a person has reached a point where their life is unmanageable and drugs, alcohol, digital addictions or other detrimental behaviors are affecting their life in a supremely adverse way, I get the call. I am trained, certified and qualified to do this work, and my past – being a survivor of rape trauma, my psych undergrad and my doctorates in theology and divinity ~ all of it leads me to a spiritual way of approaching the problem.
I am the youngest owner of a Sober Companioning business in the United States of America, and the ONLY Woman of Color in the USA to own such a business, so that sets me apart as well as my approach and my excellent team that is hand-picked and curated by me. In Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu the entertainment industry is a mainstay, so I tend to have a large amount of celebrity clientele. Having grown up here and having worked in the industry myself, I’m in a unique position to understand them and their needs, and have had great success in working with that population. I earned the charming nickname of Malibu’s Most Wanted for performing celebrity interventions for over 60 rehab facilities in the area, but in truth I have actually done them worldwide and for “ordinary” people, as well. Most remain clients in my private practice for counseling, and they often utilize my Wellness Concierges and Sober Companions when on sets or traveling or when going through tough times when they can relapse. I’m very hands-on with all of it, and its not unusual for me to race up the California Coast to Montecito for an emergency session with a high-profile celebrity couple, and then race back to Malibu to check on someone I admitted to a facility the week before, then head home to do a private session. It’s never what would be called easy, but I’m never bored.
What I most want the world to know about my brand is that everything is confidential, and discretion is king, and I will do what I can to provide the help that you need, custom- tailored to your lifestyle and your life. As far as lessons learned? One lesson I learned about working with celebrities is that they aren’t “just like us” as the tabloid rags like to say. Their problems are actually magnified by the expectations of the public, and by the fact that they are never afforded the ability to be truly anonymous. There is a great deal of hurt lying within them beneath what others may observe as a big ego. Everyone is deserving of care, an objective listening ear and of being able to get help or treatment without it leaking to the public. I know how to accomplish that. Just because a person is a famous athlete or musician or talk show host or actor is zero guarantee of an easy path in life. Quite the opposite. It was not easy getting to a successful place in my career because it was born from extreme trauma. I was abducted and repeatedly assaulted 16 years ago, and overcoming that horror and finding treatment was a challenge and an education in itself. I wanted to do it better, which led me to my line of work. I wrote about it at length in my book, “Expect Delays”.
I also wanted to help others who were self-medicating, hurting, and suffering due to circumstances beyond their individual control.
I did a ton of pro bono work starting out, and worked with shelters and with rape & suicide hotlines, and still do a lot of activism to declare that Black lives matter, Indigenous lives matter, and I work with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements as well as donating to and supporting the unhoused population. I’m a firm believer that everyone is deserving of help and support. Where I am unable to help, I’m committed to sending people in a direction that can. I’ve paid my dues, and really seen the healthcare space from all sides. To answer your question, I overcame challenges by reaching for help and not giving up. You have to be tenacious and audacious in order to make a name for yourself and asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. An offshoot of my practice and my brand DDC, Inc. (Danielle Delaney Counseling, Inc.) is my other company, Delangerous Productions. I personally assist on sets for television and film, consulting and advising on how to portray trauma in film and tv. I have shown actors how to portray suffering from PTSD on Showtime’s Dexter, some soap operas, and some films. I also do lots of public speaking, like recently speaking at Meghan Markle’s alma matter to the graduating class of young women about personal identity, and often write to contribute to health journals and publications and I do voiceover work and commercial appearances. I’m represented by The Park Agency in Burbank, Ca and love doing this work, as well. DelangerousProductions.com is the site for my work in these arenas. All in all, I love my life and that shows up in my work and in my practice, my company and in my staff’s work ethic. I also own Plan D™️ Wellness, which is a bespoke personalized wellness & recovery experience which I create for clients. Everything is structured toward healing, and I love creating businesses that help people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m from this town, and I never tire of it. So, I have loads of recommendations! Its beauty is startling – the palm trees, the city lights, the landmarks and the beaches and sunsets. Plus there is always so much to do! I take any visitors from out of town to my favorite restaurants for great ambiance and food – The Ivy on Robertson, PUMP in West Hollywood, Laurel Hardware for a night on the twinkly and elegant patio, Nobu Malibu for the view of the ocean and the phenomenal sushi, Hotel Bel Air for a spa day and great food and to watch the beautiful swans, SoHo house for the view and delicious dinners. I love The Montalban Theater for rooftop movies, and Broad Beach in Malibu for beach walks and sunsets that are unrivaled. Canyon Country Store up in Laurel Canyon where I once had a house is wonderful for grabbing a coffee, and Chin Chin on Sunset Plaza is a favorite for dim sum lunch and shopping, & people watching right there is fantastic – never a dull moment. Hungry Harold’s is the best for an unbelievable breakfast sandwich, and Vibrato in the Beverly Glen center is a perfect evening of dinner and music. For Jamaican food, my fave is Ackee Bamboo in Leimert Park. I have also loved the food and incredible atmosphere at Cafe La Boheme in West Hollywood for decades. Walking around Malibu is fun, as is shopping on Hollywood Boulevard where I love to entertain out of town guests, so that they can buy souvenirs with the iconic Hollywood sign and Walk of Fame stars on them. Lastly, brunching poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel, on the rooftop of the London Hotel and on the rooftop at the Waldorf Astoria are musts, and then shopping on La Brea and on Melrose…you find things that you’ll never see anywhere else! Green Line Beauty is fabulous for healthy and green skincare. Then I absolutely have to take people to Asa’s amazing store, Asa’s Kaftans in Venice Beach, where I find and buy my favorite exotic treasures and clothes. My favorite gift store is on Beverly Blvd., and it is called Espionage…it really doesn’t get any more entertaining than that!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give most of the credit to my parents, Myra Delene Willard Williams and Dr. Richard Allen Williams…after all, wanting to help others and a good solid work ethic begin at home. I am fortunate to have been raised by two such intelligent and artistic people who still make sure to positively affect the lives of others in their day to day lives. Other than my family, I give credit to Dr. Daniel Minton for being an amazing example of a clinician who cares, and for providing excellent support and treatment for PTSD, which propelled me toward healing and personal success. I also credit Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis who wrote “Thriving in the Wake of Trauma” which was a life-saving book, and inspired me want to write my own book (Expect Delays: How To Reclaim Your Light, Life, and Soul After Trauma) about assault and trauma’s aftermath, to help others to heal. Anyone who helped me along the way is very aware of my appreciation – I’m big on sending “Thank You” cards in the mail and reciprocating in some way. Some friends have boxes of them from times that they sent referrals to me or supported my career in other ways, or supported me through personally difficult times. They tell me to stop it, but Thank You cards are important! I love to give credit where it is due in that moment. People remember being appreciated, and I like for them to know how I feel, so I never hold back on expressing that – both personally and professionally. Thank you for asking!
Linkedin: Dr. Danielle (Williams) Delaney, Th.D.
Other: Psychology Today Listing: Danielle Delaney Counseling, Inc. Book: ExpectDelaysBook.com Podcast: The Real Deal With Danielle Delaney on all podcast platforms
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