Daniel Castiñeira is a student intern from Northcentral University nearing completion of his master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy. His drive to support the strength and stability of individuals, couples, and families is what inspired him in becoming a therapist. He culturally has a Hispanic background being born and raised in Miami, FL, devoted father and husband. He was raised experiencing many facets of society and dedication to his fellow humans. The journey towards finding methods of healing and growth through inner strength, social unity and clarity, and finding beauty and value in all people is what drove him to find Rooted Therapy and work along Dr. Porshia Cunningham to strengthen these ideals. Bridging gaps, breaking down walls, and opening space for communication and visibility is what inspires him to become a team member for those couples, families, and individuals looking for support during trying times or new ways to grow.
Daniel started his journey towards becoming a therapist at Miami Dade College upon discovering his passion for helping others early in his life. His opportunity to work with a diverse group of students and faculty helped develop his appetite to learn more about the endless variety of cultures and ideals exposed to him during this formative time. His journey took him to continue his education at Florida International University further exposing him to more experiences and people different from his background and history. Learning about the person and the self was expanded during this period and provided a better perspective of the direction he wanted to support his fellow person and the community. Graduating with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Interdisciplinary studies provided a greater understanding about humanity and our growth.
During the start of the pandemic, his inspiration to continue his studies became a focal point during this time of global panic, loss, and confusion. Although the many methods of providing therapeutic support were interesting, his passion was behind the importance of family, couples, love, and cohesion. Having a focus on disabilities or diagnosis was not how he wanted to help, but rather an approach more akin to improving relationships and communication is where he felt support was mostly needed. Marriage and Family Therapy came into focus through extensive research, and he immediately found a manner of conducting therapy that spoke the very language his heart desired understanding where healing begins. He now works with Dr. Porshia Cunningham to help those within their community that may need guidance and support through the client’s lens and experience. Without judgement or inhibition, a practice that appreciates and respects people regardless of beliefs, creed, sexual orientation, culture, background, and sense-of-self is exactly where Daniel wanted to provide his support, skills, and self.