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Donna's Story

Registered Clinical Social Worker, RCSW

My journey to becoming a therapist began in my career in medical laboratory sciences. I noted the impact that life events had on the whole family. It struck me that those with supports and healthy family relationships fared significantly better. This inspired my journey to learn, explore and appreciate attachment theory and human development. Individuals are created in a context. We all need others to facilitate our understanding of our context.

Working in day programs, schools, public agencies and in private practise facilitated my experience to work with diverse populations. I have a special interest in helping individuals with mental health and trauma. I embrace the idea that no one should struggle alone.  My training in Gottman Couples Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy has afforded opportunity to work with couples. I draw from many therapies and of course am most grateful for the training and experience my clients have given me over the years.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Areas of Practice

Populations

  • Children (6+), teens, and adults

  • Couples and families

Presenting Concerns

  • Trauma

  • Grief

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Parenting

  • Relationship concerns

  • Addictions

  • Schizophrenia

  • OCD

Education and Credentials

Professional Membership

Donna is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers.

 

Master of Clinical Social Work

Donna graduated from the University of Calgary in 2003 with a Master of Social Work.

Post-Graduate Training

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • EMDR

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

    • Individuals​

    • Couples

    • Families

  • Gottman therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

Mental Health Experience

Donna has 20+ years of clinical experience working with clients in hospital settings, community care residential settings, outpatient treatment programs and in private practice. 

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