About Me

Daniel E. Novak, PhD, ACSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist – Certified EMDR Therapist

Over the last 20 years, my experience has been in clinical and leadership positions in community outreach, outpatient, inpatient and home-based mental health programs; as well as hospice, therapeutic foster care and adoption, and domestic violence.

While working at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, I further developed the pediatric bereavement program at Riley Hospital for Children, where I also provided staff training on cultural diversity and grief, and compassion fatigue. I worked as Associate Faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Social Work from 2003 until 2016. I have also been in private practice since December 2011, and currently reside and practice in Mountain Home, ID.

In my continued educational pursuits, I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma-Focused CBT, Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Treatment for Sexually Maladaptive Youth, Substance Abuse and Addictions, Play Therapy and Theraplay®, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). I have produced publications and provided presentations in state professional conferences, churches, community centers and symposia.

I identify with Humanistic, Person-Centered, Existential, Insight-Oriented, Interpersonal, Postmodern, and Integrative theoretical frameworks. I am a strong advocate for ethical practice, interdisciplinary approaches, multicultural diversity, and social justice.


Education – Indiana University
School of Social Work

  • Bachelor’s Degree – 2000
  • Master’s Degree – 2001
  • PhD – 2008

Licenses & Certifications
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW)
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC)
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) since 2016
  • Member of the national Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

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