Donna is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Carlow University with a Master’s in Professional Counseling and a BA in History.
Donna enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Her approach is person-centered and strength-based. She believes that healing takes place in a safe, trusting, therapeutic relationship and she is attentive to developmental, stages of life, and spiritual needs.
Donna’s areas of expertise are trauma-informed therapy, complex trauma (survivors of childhood sexual abuse), posttraumatic stress, and domestic violence. Other areas of experience include intercultural issues, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, conflict resolution/mediation, mood disorders, and addictions counseling.
Therapeutic approaches Donna has used include a constructivist empowerment model of trauma therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Groups she has facilitated include a Depression Group (ACT), Women’s Trauma Group (process), Understanding PTSD (psychoeducational), Journaling, Stress Management through the Arts and Meditation.
- Aetna Health Insurance
- Cigna Health Insurance
- Highmark Health Insurance
- UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
- Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (Shadyside)
- Clinical Staff
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Addiction/Substance Abuse
- Domestic Violence (victims)
- LGBTQ Issues
- Mood Disorder
- Trauma / PTSD