Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW,

Founder and Director


Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, DSW founded the Walnut Psychotherapy Center. Based on years of working in private practice in Philadelphia, Danna recognized the need for greater access to long term, psychodynamic psychotherapy in a safe clinical environment.


In addition to her clinical practice, Danna also teaches at Bryn Mawr’s school for Social Work. She teaches electives and core classes including Advanced Social Work Practice and Gender and Sexuality.


Aside from splitting her time between teaching and clinical work, Danna is a writer and a consultant/speaker for several Philadelphia non-profit organizations. These organizations include Jewish Family and Children's Services and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia. As a writer, she has published on topics related to love in psychotherapy, eating disorders and the history of relational work. Danna just completed a book about getting started in the field of clinical social work, incorporating research done on over 100 social workers' experiences.


Danna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Smith College and a post-baccalaureate degree from Columbia University in psychology She  complete her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.



Clinically, Danna’s practice focuses on issues related to LGBTQ identity formation, trauma and addiction. She practices from a relational perspective, recognizing the powerful ways that the past makes itself known in the present. Danna is highly attuned to socioeconomic struggles and incorporates this into her understanding of human behavior and functioning. She is committed to providing long term psychodynamic treatment. She performs her work with a constant awareness social justice and injustice.