Dianne Durante, Ed.S., NCC


Author and motivational speaker Dianne Durante is a licensed marriage and family therapist and nationally certified counselor with over 30 years experience as an educator and counselor. As director of Anchor Counseling and Training Center, she works with individual adults, adolescents and children, as well as with families. Ms. Durante uses an eclectic approach in her counseling. Trained in Family Systems Theory, she embraces behavioral, cognitive, narrative and psychoeducational techniques to create an individualized treatment plan for her clients. A caring nature and commitment to her profession make her a sought after therapist.

Ms. Durante has written grants and educational programs for the displaced homemaker and teenage parents. Her most recent grant (1997-1998) from the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation is for a unique self-esteem program, "Circle of Hearts: Women mentoring Women". An innovative educator, Ms. Durante has created and conducted parent education programs for the traditional and blended family, as well as support groups for divorced parents and children of divorce. She has taught psychology and sociology courses for Barry University on Women, Aging Death and Love. Ms. Durante has hosted her own radio talk show, Personal Perspectives on WNOG-1270 AM (1991-1992)

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Durante is a frequent speaker to business, civic and professional groups. Her book and trademark lecture program, "It's In The Bag" helps people learn, laugh and remember the basics of living a healthy, happy life. Her customized lecture programs include such topics as: Increasing Your Business and Energizing Your Relationships, Aging Gracefully, Creative Problem Solving, Weaving Wellness, Birth Order and How It Affects Our Relationships, Positive Parenting, Stress Management, and Self-Esteem.

Ms. Durante completed her Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Education at William Patterson College in Wayne, New Jersey and her BS in EducationfPsychology from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. She has completed advanced training in Women, Family Systems and Alcohol Studies from Rutgers/UMD New Jersey, as well as training in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. As part of her continuing education in working with affluent families on estate planning issues, Durante attended the 1999 AAMFT Winter Institute on Family Owned Business and Corporate Consulting. Ms Durante is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Florida Speakers Association as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Counseling Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. For her extensive work with individuals, families and groups, and her voluntary services during times of national tragedy, Ms. Durante was named Mental Health Professional of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Collier County.

IT'S IN THE BAG!: Lessons for Joyful Living

    Popular speaker and author, DIANNE DURANTE, ED.S., presents her innovative seminar series, It's In The Bag: Lessons for Joyful Living!. Known for her inspirational, interactive presentations, Dianne combines symbols and stories to keep audiences learning and laughing.

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: Communicating With Your Head & Your Heart

    Transform your skills for top-notch communication with this heartfelt enrichment program.

    • Learn motivational and encouraging language that builds confidence and self-esteem.
    • Discover how to communicate using both your head AND your heart
    • Understand the importance of love's greatest gift: to listen.


    Build greater self-esteem in yourself, your family, and your associates in this experiential program.

    • Learn the basic building blocks for self-esteem.
    • Validate and honor each person's strengths and vulnerabilities.
    • Feel your uniqueness and radiate it joyously!

CIRCLES OF HEARTS: Creating A More Connected & Passionate Life

    Find more passion and purpose in your daily life. Discover

    • Ways to give and receive intimacy on a daily basis, even in our touch-deprived society!
    • Simple steps to expand your emotional connections with loved ones, friends, and others.
    • Ways to develop passion (not just sexual passion), make your heart soar, and bring magic to the mundane.

HOW TO "BEE" RIGHT (BRAINED): Creativity for Work, Home, Play

    Power boost your business and energize your relationships with this hands-on workshop on creative problem-solving.

    • Experiment with five techniques that open the door to the right brain.
    • Acquire the courage to color outside the lines in life and enjoy it.
    • Appreciate the wisdom of Albert Einstein's quote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

ORBIT WITH CARE: IT"S YOUR CHILD IN THERE!: Parenting for the Millenium

    If men are from Mars and women from Venus, it's no wonder our children seem like aliens! Learn to:

    • Raise healthy, happy, peace-loving children in a world that often sends frightening messages.
    • Be resilient. Keep bouncing back!
    • S-T-R-E-T-C-H yourself without snapping!


    Discover the joy of aging gracefully in our youth-worshiping society.

    • Learn to honor the passage of time by exploring family stories and legacies.
    • Develop techniques to transform and enrich each unfolding chapter of your life.
    • Make each year more thrilling than the last as you dance through every age!


  • Princess Cruise Lines, Yangtze River, China
  • Maxwell's Restaurant, Naples, Florida
  • Fredon Township Teachers Association. New Jersey
  • ASAP Software Company, Florida
  • Barnes and Noble, Naples, Florida
  • St. Teresa Catholic Schools PTA, Jew Jersey
  • Cashiers Public Library, Cashiers, North Carolina
  • Allamuchy Schools Teachers Association, New Jersey
  • Immokalee Teen Parent Program, Immokalee, Florida
  • Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Florida
  • Roxbury Township Teacher Training, New Jersey
  • Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • New Jersey Professional Counselors Association, Spring State Convention, New Jersey
  • Welcome Home Services, Naples, Florida
  • Tempo International Women's Conference, Marco island, Florida
  • St. Ann's PTA, Naples, Florida
  • Pelican Marsh Elementary School PTA, Naples, Florida
  • Insurance Women of Collier County, Naples, Florida
  • Pine Ridge Middle School Teacher Training for Gifted, Naples, Florida
  • Pine Ridge Middle School PTA, Naples, Florida
  • Pelican Bay Country Club, Naples, Florida
  • Collier's Reserve Country Club, Naples, Florida
  • M.S. Homes, Naples, Florida



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