"It is my distinct pleasure to recommend Daniel Cooper, LMHC, to you for a position as a behavioral health clinician. From September 2014 through December 2015, Daniel was employed full time (40 hours/week) in the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s Behavioral Health Department, where I was Daniel’s administrative supervisor, in my role as Administrative Director of the BH Department.

This was at a time when the Health Center was embarking on a major clinical transformation project, integrating our entire Behavioral Health Team into primary care departments. Daniel’s primary responsibilities were as a Behavioral Health Team Anchor in our Pediatrics Department, working with child and adolescent patients and their parents/families. A primary responsibility for Daniel was to be available at all times to consult with Pediatric medical providers, join them in meeting patients in an integrated “warm hand-off” referral in conjunction with a medical visit, and provide a range of individual and family evaluation and therapy services.

From October 2014 through June 2015, Daniel also worked with our pediatric adolescent patients at EBNHC’s School Health Center, providing individual and family counseling services, and case-specific mental health consultation to school personnel.

Daniel presented as a deeply caring, warm, intelligent, creative and flexible clinician. Daniel exhibited remarkable clinical skills, and continued growth and development, regarding counseling/psychotherapy, assessment and formulation, and in his utilizing a broad repertoire of intervention strategies and skills. Daniel hit the ground running, and immediately connected with and began the exciting work of understanding the complex issues presented by some of our more challenging clients. Daniel is deeply passionate about the needs of our Latino community, and our often-disenfranchised clients. As Daniel increased his awareness of the community, and experience with the multiple factors that come to play in our families’ lives and functioning, he quickly and creatively applied and adapted this information to his thinking about his clients’ needs and goals. He was a consummate teach anchor and consultant as well, engaging the medical providers in effective planning to address the behavioral health needs of the pediatric clients. I feel the success of the first year of our Behavioral Health Integration transformation in the Pediatric Department was in part owed to Daniel’s dedication and skill.

Daniel has a natural tendency to utilize his own self-awareness, and seamlessly bring this into the counseling relationship with remarkable empathy and an on-target assessment as to where a particular client can be reached and engaged. Daniel always made excellent use of consultation with his supervisor and with the entire Behavioral Health Team, asking questions when needed, challenging himself, questioning his formulations and perspectives, and coming away renewed and re-focused. Daniel was a skilled team-player when needed, but was also able to function quite autonomously. His work and presence here always exhibited the highest standards of professionalism and responsibility.

Daniel has earned my highest recommendation to you."


Thomas R. Kelleher, M.A./L.M.F.T

Administrative Director of Mental Health

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center